Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How to Fix a Broken Mental-Health System.

Though set in an American context, How to Fix a Broken Mental-Health System does have parallels to Canada, and I'm sure many parts of the West. The piece speaks to laws enacted to get the mentally ill out of institutions with deplorable living conditions and into community-based centres.
The law was built around a two-step process—release and catch, as it were. De-institutionalize the mentally ill in these deplorable institutions, and then get them into the system of community health centres. But there was no step two. More than half of the proposed community health centres were never built.
In a Canadian context, similar policies were put in place. In a Quebec/Montreal context it's been said that CLSC's (our local health clinics), are meant to pick up the slack. My local clinic said there was a 3-year waiting list to see a psychologist, and closer to a 5 + year wait if I wanted one who spoke English. Hence my decades worth of travel and high-cost to access English services.

The read is interesting, especially if you're American. There is so much work to do be done.

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