Chances are, you’ve heard some of the discussion in recent weeks about the role of mental health in social problems – like violence, crime, and poverty. What to do, and how to approach the topic, is unclear. Without a doubt, everyone might agree that having access to quality services – without having to wait too long – and being able to fund treatment [so a person can see the process through] are ideal.
So, every community needs a range of services, starting with access to primary care medical care and ending with inpatient and residential care for those who will need and benefit from it. Those facilities – and all the agencies and private practice offices in the mid-range of the service arc – will need to have the lights on, and be able to pay the staff.
How to accomplish that for all citizens is mind-boggling. Heroux’s essay – link above – gets the ball rolling with a call for compassion. Take a look.