Mental health funding benefits the entire community

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Jul 24, 2014

Having served 50 years as a board member of the Counseling and Growth Center in Erie and Ottawa counties, I am very familiar with the programs for mental health and substance abuse treatment, criminal justice clients, as well as programs for adolescents in our schools. Dr. Halliday, the director of our Mental Health and Recovery Board for many years, has shown his concern and financial support. Now he has found his prevention monies for our agencies reduced by 10 percent. What are our legislators thinking? Just read our police blotter. It is horrible. Vandalism, robberies, assaults, drug and underage alcohol consumption, etc., etc.

The jails and prevention centers are overcrowded, resulting in early release. Rehabilitation will help some, but they many times return to the streets. What we need is more prevention monies directed to our schools and support groups helping our youth and their families to ensure they stay out of trouble in the first place. Forty percent of unemployed workers are millennial youth, which is becoming a real problem. I applaud Rep. Redfern voting against H.B. 483 that reduces prevention monies in the state.

—Jim Fisher
Catawba Island

Comments

sugar

No more money for you either.

knowitall

You need their services.

knowitall

You need their services.

SamAdams

Oh, baloney. I don't think most of us would argue against treatment for addictions or genuine mental disorders. But to suggest that delinquency and "staying out of trouble" are mental health issues is ridiculous. The only problem THERE involves an inviolate sense of entitlement combined with an utter lack of consequences. We don't "punish;" we "treat." And look where THAT'S got us!

Yes, I know drug addicts may end up stealing to support their habits. But in GENERAL terms, thugs are thugs because it's "cool," not because they think it's somehow necessary. And whether a crime is one of envy, passion, or sheer boredom, the sooner we start treating crimes and criminals as what they are the sooner these miscategorized "mental health issues" will magically disappear.

WeThePeople1965

I encourage you to read about the neurobiology, neuropsychology and neurochemistry behind addictions, and read about dopamines' involvement in addictions. Also, the limbic system (brain 'department') involvement in criminal behavior. Also, diagnostic criteria for addictions and antisocial personality disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition. Did you know psychiatrists use electroconvulsive (electric shocks causing seizures... apparently an 'effective' form of treatment) therapy for very severe cases and formerly used lobotomies (removal of the frontal lobe of the brain), causing cessation of negative behaviors but also cessation of all emotion? My point is, we use our brains (surprisingly) for everything, for good and bad intentions. Our brains are our minds. Psychology is the study of the mind. We know very little about the brain, so obviously we know very little about how to treat the brain and its' disorders. We're not there yet, but we're in the ballpark.

sugar

Psychology and possible reasons for extreme behavior like addictions is no doubt fascinating, but I fail to see how throwing more tax dollar at the problem helps.
AA is great but it was never intended to need taxpayer support. Now we have a group that touts "art therapy" for these problems, and it's grant ( tax payer) funded. Its always about taxes and how throwing more money at problems helps. STOP we're broke.

WeThePeople1965

I agree, we should not devote funds to unproven forms of therapy. I'd like to see a detailed report of every penny spent by the mental health board.

queenjhb

What is the success rate of drug addiction treatment[tax payer funded] in Sandusky & Erie County? I think it is very very low, but would like statistics on this.