The mayor, local county executives and the governor need to work together and turn the state's empty and closed psychiatric hospitals into affordable, long term residential treatment centers for all the addicts who cannot find help. I know this will work because I did this in Baltimore County by opening several treatment programs on the grounds of Rosewood State Hospital. This will get the addicts off the street and away from their drug environment, thus reducing crime, street violence and the spreading of HIV and Hepatitis C, which is often associated with drug addiction. At the same time we could provide addicts with good quality treatment, job training services, GED classes and family support programs for the thousands of addicts who need help. This can be done by a public/private partnership, thus costing the tax payers much less than we currently pay to put addicts in prison.