A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Excellence in Mental Health Act in an effort to strengthen an already broken Mental Health system across America. The Bill was sponsored by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Ray Blunt (R-MO), along with a bipartisan group of Senators in the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown. The Act, according to a Press Release out of Senator Stabenows office, puts Mental Health centers on a more equal footing with other health centers by improving quality standards and expanding access to ensure more people can get the mental health care they need, the release said.
At the outset of Newtown, everyone, it seemed, was screaming for gun control legislation as a means of curbing such tragic events. However, I had said that much of the problem centers on a more adequate Mental Health System, capable of delivering services to those in such dire need, that if not delivered they might become a danger to themselves or even worse to society around them. This has been the case all accross the nation. Now, we seem to be ready to center our attention on the real causes of the problems we are wittnessing, and a seriously improved Mental Health System is a beginning.
It is a sad commentary when people in real need of mental health intervention can not get the services they need. whats worse, the attention they can get is all but a waste, because all we seem to be accomplishing is to put a ban-aid on a problem that is a complex time bomb waiting to explode.
That is why I am taking this time to congratulate Senator Stabenow for focusing on the real issue at hand, rather than a political quick fix of gun control legislation that does nothing more than muddy the waters of legislation that already exists.
True, while there might be good reason to re-visit Gun Control, we must focus our attention on the root of the problems. Mental Health Services is at the top of the list.
That’s my point of view, and I look forward to your commentary as well.
Until then, have a great day and as usual……….. God Bless America!