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.