mental health services
Calling these despicable acts, "evil" lets us off too easily. It implies that some people are evil or gripped by evil and, then to some, the implication is that nothing can be done about evil.
For individuals with serious mental illness, the time has come for a better deal. Congress must focus on enacting reforms that deliver housing and effective services in our communities rather than behind bars, where we know the results are appalling.
While national, big-name groups can have a tremendous reach, organizations that provide programming and resources on the ground -- no matter how small -- are a vital component of the nonprofit ecosystem.
Not every homeless person is mentally ill, but a large percentage within the chronically homeless population face mental-behavioral health recovery and so we need quality, community-based care in tandem with affordable housing to help them.
Without strict enforcement, Kaiser mental health patients will continue to endure illegal and unethical wait times for appointments; patients in need of ongoing one-on-one therapy will be forced to seek care outside Kaiser; and many patients in need of acute care will go untreated, sometimes with tragic consequences.
Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.
As part of our ongoing series Third Metric we explore how people who have been diagnosed with serious illness stay positive and approach life in a new way.
It is time for psychiatric programs to include cognitive remediation as a standard part of the array of services needed for the comprehensive and quality treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.