After Wos finished her remarks, she hustled out of the room with aides without taking any questions from the media. McCrory did not appear with her but said in a statement saying improving mental health services will be a “top priority” for his administration. “By bringing people together to implement strategies that work, we can better serve the thousands of North Carolinians who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse,” said McCrory, a Republican. In pledging to find solutions, McCrory and Wos are taking on one of the thorniest and most complex problems in state government. Democratic Gov. Mike Easley and state legislators initiated an ambitious reform plan in 2001 that forced the shutdown of county-run mental health centers and halved the number of beds in state psychiatric hospitals in favor of a plan to save money by shifting patients to private community based providers.
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Report: Rash of suicides at D.C. jail points to deep problem with inmates’ mental health care
are simply manipulative. Hayes said inmates in the observation unit are stripped of their clothes, blanket and mattress and restricted from calling family members. They are issued only a paper grown, which in some cases is taken away, too, and they are kept in isolation except for a shower once a day. Hayes said the practice seems punitive and isolating for a person potentially suffering from suicidal thoughts. He also said the entire classification seems designed, at least in part, to duck the requirement to monitor clear suicide threats very 15 minutes. Rohini Singh, a lawyer with the D.C.
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Doctors protest possible cuts to mental health budget
“We are continuing to review how we are investing available resources, to ensure the finite dollars we have invested in health services are producing the maximum benefits to the communities and patients we serve, including on the North Shore.” Patrick said the current budget for all mental health and addiction services on the North Shore, including in-patient and outpatient, is around $18 million annually. Any potential cuts may not necessarily come from the community mental health budget, he said. Next year, mental health services on the North Shore are moving to the HOpe Centre, a new $62-million psychiatric facility supported largely by private donations. The HOpe Centre will replace the aging 80-year-old psychiatric unit at Lions Gate Hospital that has been the subject of intense criticism. While welcoming the move, Termansen said doctors are concerned that it could spell extra pressure not to cut the in-patient funding for mental health – leaving the cuts to fall on the outpatient programs. Doctors who signed the letter are urging the health authority not to cut any of the mental health funding.
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