I wonder what success in integrated care might bring. If we succeed in extending the average life span of people with Serious Mental Illness, how will that impact us as a system programmatically and financially
As a field, we also must set a stretch goal for insurance enrollment during the initial ramp-up period. Let me suggest that we seek to enroll at least 7 million of the 11 million uninsured peers with prior mental health or substance use conditions between October 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. Clearly, the only way that this fundamental goal can be met is if each of us fully engages the endeavor.
Various county-wide resources, including mobile crisis response teams and a wellness recovery center, have enabled Salt Lake City to reduce acute inpatient admissions by 18 percent and save more than $2 million on inpatient admissions alone.
The President used the historical venue of the East Room to address the debilitating issue of mental illness stigma and to launch a national dialogue on mental health in order to encourage those with mental health and substance use issues to reach out and seek care.
Poverty is likely to repel us, and we may even wish to withdraw from such communities and people. But, what if we ourselves lived in a poverty-ravaged community? What if we ourselves were forced to experience poverty day-in and day-out?
Contact your two Senators and your Representative, and express your views on the importance of the Newtown legislation. The lives of other Innocents are at stake. We must spark the same compassion and purpose we ourselves experienced on December 14.
When we return to our leadership roles on Monday morning, all of us who enjoyed the Summit will have a great deal to reflect upon. In fact, one participant quipped at the closing that our major leadership challenge is to answer the question, “Should behavioral healthcare actually survive?”
Our society is replete with highly charged and very fateful examples of failed communication: Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate; liberals and conservatives; program advocates and community populations; the list is very, very long. Frequently, we conclude that it is “just impossible to communicate with them.” What to do?
Motivated by the Newtown Tragedy , it is perfectly reasonable to call for a ban on assault rifles and the large capacity magazine clips used to feed them. In fact, it is not only reasonable, it is absolutely necessary in a large urban society, where people live in close proximity.