What can you do?

 

ADVOCATE LOCALLY for:

  • Reasonable, objective measurements and transparent oversight. Accountability!
  • Increase number of housing options like the Lighthouse Model (more information soon!) and home-like transitional facilities for individuals with more serious and chronic forms of mental illness. 
  • Increase use of long-term state hospital and acute, court-ordered evaluation beds.
  • End the provider culture of hiding behind HIPAA laws.
  • Require physicians to make a reasonable effort to gather relevant information from the family of admitted patients.
  • Screen involuntarily committed patients prior to discharging them and arrange for services.
  • Confirm appropriate living arrangements for involuntarily committed patients prior to discharge and ensure prospective family members or caregiver(s) have access to appropriate resources.
  • Expand ACT Teams.
  • Expand use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), especially in rural communities.
  • Gather and report relevant data on the SMI population's use of jails, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
  • Recruit and support hiring of more psychiatrists.
  • Require appropriate training and screening of behavioral health care workers. 
  • Stop denying violence is an issue that needs addressing. People with untreated serious mental illness can become violent.   
  • Require Behavioral Health System to step up to the table when a violent incident occurs involving local police departments. Hold Behavioral Health System equally accountable!