Va. Tech, Terra show need for mental health services, director says

PERKINS TWP. The massacre at Virginia Tech and Wednesday's incident at Terra Community College in Fr
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

The massacre at Virginia Tech and Wednesday's incident at Terra Community College in Fremont show the wisdom of making mental health services available to everyone, according to Kirk Halliday, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties.

Halliday gave an update on the agency at Thursday's meeting of the Erie County Commissioners and said he'd be remiss if he didn't comment on what had happened at Virginia Tech and Terra.

Erie County voters in November approved a 0.7-mill replacement levy for the agency, which provides mental health services and treatment for people suffering from alcohol or drug problems.

The local levies mean everyone can get treatment, regardless of ability to pay the costs, Halliday said. Sliding scale fees allow low- income people to pay low fees while the unemployed pay almost nothing.