Room physicians and our psychiatrists,and if it’s something that we feel there’s risk to their life, or that there’s treatment that needs to occur, they’re referred toward the inpatient unit for treatment.KNAPP Okay.Senator Bole, there’s a huge disparity around the state in terms of population and resources,are there some overarching themes that you seen terms of what’s needed to help the situation? SEN. KATE BOLE Sure, as chair of the Mental and Behavioral Health Task Force, we heard from stakeholders ranging from physicians to individuals and family members to folks who run service programs,and some of the themes that.
we heard across the board Tms center were challenges with access, the right service at the right time for the right person isn’t always available, and wait times can be,on average, three weeks.So that can be a significant challenge for someone who’s experiencing challenges with a substance use, or another mental illness or challenge.Other themes included ability to pay,a significant number of people who might have a mental illness or a substance abuse challenge don’t necessarily have access to insurance.
Two other crosscutting themes are work force,we have a lack of work force ranging from licensed mental health therapists to psychologists and psychiatrists, prescribes,which is one of the reasons that folks like Ashley are so valuable.The last piece is on the back end,there’s not always a safe, stable place for someone to go once they have completed treatment,so that supportive housing availability’s a challenge in almost every place in the state.KNAPP And Mel, we’ve talked about the high degree of admissions to your hospital that are either psychosis or related to alcohol or drugs,what’s the overlap between those problems.
And mental health? McNeil Usually, with a mental health patient,when they enter our facility, there is issues relative to drug and alcohol abuse, too,related to their behavioral health issues.Our number one patient population that we treats actually psychosis.The number three in our institutions drug and alcohol related, so they tie closely together. It creates a integrated healthcare company patient population that can sometimes end up on our medical units,because they need treatment for the medical portion of the abuse of drug and alcohol before they can get treatment for their psychosis,so if you look at the overall costs associated with those patients,just their inpatient stay in a behavioral health.