Time to match rhetoric with action on mental health

An editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it right in calling on Governor-elect McCrory and state legislative leaders to wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to the state’s failing mental health system.

“Pat McCrory, the incoming governor and a Republican, sounds the right note when he says, ‘Frankly, we have a broken mental health system in our nation and in our state. We’ve got to do some serious work to close those deficiencies.’ He’s right. Now the challenge for McCrory is to push his GOP majorities in the state House and Senate, where the inclination is to cut budgets in all directions, to invest in better mental health care, with something of a focus on that young adult group….

The new governor and the General Assembly need to face the funding shortage that lawmakers helped create and recognize that a state without adequate care for the mentally ill hurts patients and the state itself. Neglected, the problems of individuals become worse. And those problems remain the state’s problems.

Solving them now is in the hands of a new governor and a (fairly) new majority in the General Assembly. The test for any government is not to take better care of the haves, meaning the business community for which McCrory wants to do more in reducing regulation and cutting taxes, but to address responsibly the needs of the have-nots, in this case those with mental illness who are not getting what they need. They deserve better from the state of North Carolina.”

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.

 

4 Comments

  1. Nonanonymous

    January 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Because the dems did such a fine job of it. You lost the legislature and governorship. Get over it.

    McCrory has already done better communication his message than any dem could have done, because you don’t have one.

    A fiscal storm is on the horizon, at our very doorsteps. This is not the time to be spreading ourselves thin. That opportunity is long gone, and squandered by successive democrat administrations.

    It makes me sad, but if you think it’s business as usual, you’re wrong. The only forward for you is marginalization. We’re in a fight for our very survival as a nation, and as a civilization. There are two paths before us, individual freedom or totalitarian government. I know which I choose, and I know which you choose. If you’re not in the “in” party in a totalitarian state, you don’t stand a chance, and you don’t stand a chance.

  2. Chris Patrick

    January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    lolwut?

    “If you’re not in the ‘in’ party in a totalitarian state, you don’t stand a chance, and you don’t stand a chance.”

    Why the repetition at the end? Is that what happens after living so long in an echo chamber?

    The only fight for our survival in our nation comes from backward regressive folk who are sabotaging our status as a superpower and the dollar as a global standard.

    Nothing you said seems to be on the topic of mental health. I take it you’re just annoyed with the persistent criticism McCrory gets. Clear communication of one’s intentions should not provide a blanket to comfort them from all criticism, regardless of their … struggle.

    … Yeah, I just Godwin’d.

  3. Jack

    January 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Over ten years ago when mental health reform began in NC there wasn’t any true political will behind any kind of reform. There were politicians that used the mental health reform issue as their personal soap box but what did that get us?

    I haven’t seen nor heard of any change of heart much less greater political will to improve mental health services in NC.

    The governor-elect will carry out his duty as defined by his handlers and cut, cut and again cut services to pass the savings on to those least in need.

  4. Frank Burns

    January 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

    It may be a dumb question, but if mental health is a problem in NC, why did we give away a mental health facility to the City of Raleigh, just so they can have their very own NY City light park?