Friday, June 10, 2005

I was mentally ill and you admitted me to an emergency room

There's not much real news in this story from the Las Vegas Sun: mental health treatment budgets are woefully short all over the country. But this caught our eye:
Carlos Brandenburg, in charge of the state Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services, noted that support for mental health came not only from Democrats such as Leslie and Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, but also from conservative Republicans such as Heck, Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, and Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno.

"It's been a great session for us, and the winners are all Nevadans who suffer from mental illness and their loved ones," Brandenburg said. "It's become a nonpartisan issue, a Nevada issue."

But he cautioned against complacency. "According to our prevalence study, we're serving only half of the severely mentally ill in Nevada," he said.

"Even with this (increase), 30 to 40 percent of the mentally ill are not going to be receiving services. We're not going to rest on our laurels."

Best case scenario. Meanwhile, back in our home state Pennsyvlania, the Department of Public Welfare is said to be running a $400 million deficit this year.

So glad to know we can take care of the least of these in the good old US of A.

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