It’s fitting that the photo of the stone marker at Dix Hill shows it upside down in Burgetta Wheeler’s Feb. 12 column “Seeking a mental health plan.” This seems to be the state of system.
I am retired after 30 years of working in the mental health system, most of them on the clinical front lines. Access to care right now is the worst I have ever seen.
I tried to give my daughter worthwhile advice on how to help a friend access care by going to the state’s 211.org website. After 20 minutes and many dead ends, I had to give up and tell her I could be of no further help except to give her the 800-number listing.
Other than that, my best advice was to walk in to an emergency room somewhere, exactly what the “system” was supposedly redesigned to prevent 15 years ago.
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Brian Sheitman’s description echos a well-educated colleague of mine’s appraisal of mental health reform as the “Balkanization of Mental Health.” Will it take the United Nations to solve this crisis?