The application from the California Network of Mental Health
Clients, for example, boasts that it has "a board of directors notable for its diversity, with 50 percent of the board identifying as representing an ethnic group [sic] and 43 percent representing other special populations: gay/lesbians, seniors, and physically disabled.
I've heard stories of people saying they've called the police specifically to get their child arrested [to get mental health
treatment] and end up seeing guns drawn on them," says Melanie Gantt, director of public policy for the Mental Health
Association in Texas.
Research has demonstrated the necessity of specialized clinical training in developing culturally sensitive therapists who can tailor mental health
treatment for Latino and ethnically diverse populations (O'Sullivan & Lasso, 1992; Acosta, Yamamoto, & Evans, 1982).
Children who show avoidance and emotional numbing may need the help of a mental health
professional, while more common reactions such as re-experiencing the event and hyperarousal (including sleep disturbances and a tendency to be easily startled) may respond to help from parents and teachers.
If communities are successful in creating integrated service systems, any homeless person with serious mental illness should be able to contact an agency, within or outside of the mental health
system, be assessed, and obtain a full complement of services and supports.
Significant cuts to state budgets, coupled with an escalating need for critical mental health
, chemical dependency and behavioral health services, have resulted in an unprecedented need for social and human services in the community.
I've worked across party lines in the Senate to introduce legislation to boost Mental Health
First Aid, and these briefings highlight the importance of this training to those who work in schools, hospitals, and law enforcement, as well as first responders, members of veterans service organizations, and other community leaders.
Serious mental health
problems are also more common than you might think.
Liaison Group Appropriations Visits: Legislative affairs representatives from the country's most well-known mental health
consumer and provider groups banded together and stopped by numerous legislators' offices to advocate for increased funding of mental health
programs and mental health
research in President Obama's 2011 Fiscal Year budget.
To conclude, as partners with the PGWC and the national Department of Health, we are aware of the difficulties posed by implementing the new Mental Health
Care Act, particularly in the light of our historical legacy and underresourced services.
I should mention that in a book filled with provocation-some much-needed, some worn-out--several chapters are brief and straightforward: Dickson's summary of laws about involuntary medication with inmates, Segal's piece on self-help groups, Reamer's rather generic chapter on ethical practice, Reid and Colvin's (amazingly non-defensive) discussion of evidence-based practice and transportability, and Rosenfeld and Pottick's brief but terrific discussion of gender, power and "self-salience" in mental health
After many appeals for transfer from the maximum security mental health
facility to the medium security Centre for Addictions and Mental Health
in Toronto, the Ontario Review Board okayed Magee's request and directed that he be moved to Toronto.