Oklahoma and mental health just does not come out very good.
Because of a lack of funding centers being shut down by past presidents.
Reagan in the 80's I remember me and my friends skateboarding down
town Tulsa and seeing all the homeless people running screaming waving
their hands in the air.
It's more than just uneducated people to the point they do have a mental illness out
of stupidity. There are people out there with real problems with no point of purpose
of why they do what they do. My old lady worked as a nurse and she worked
at the Vinita Oklahoma hospital for the insane in the 80's, she was working in there
not knowing at the time that one of the patients killed a guard earlier.
One patient told her "I'm going to get you little girl." And two other male
nurses got in front and behind her and got her out of there.
In my college years I worked for credit for the class at a group therapy treatment
at a mental hospital. I ran into nothing like my old lady did but I worked
with a bad psychologist my first exposure to him was him walking in the
room full of people wanting to get help and not, and him saying to them
"Put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care!"
A bad Psychologist, yes but the point there is really ill people out there not just
people having their needs not being met. Everyone has their own normality and
know how to fix their needs to get balance you have to add a little weight.
There are people that need help and as Oklahoma funding for that never
was there as it should! And now there are cuts going on as expected for
Oklahoma. Does it show the lack of education in government...
Well why all of this low road of people barely getting anything?
Republican policy's causing most of the mental issues?
Well why did they go down that road of illness? Lack of income
causing marital battles to the point the couples go ill!
~~~~~ Mental health officials say budget cuts will immediately affect 73,000 Oklahomans
Mental health patients and families are in more danger - that is according to
the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Earlier this year, the agency announced it had to cut $9.8 million, meaning it
is down a total of $22.8 million this year.
However, when you factor in federally matched funds, the department said it's
down around $40 million. It is money mental health advocates said could mean
someone’s life. For many years, Heath Hayes struggled with depression and
drug addiction. "I've been to jail. I've spent tons of money on drugs and failed
out of college," Hayes said.
He said getting treatment saved his life.
That is why he felt sickened to learn more is being cut from mental health.
"The people who need the medications, the therapy, the treatment,
I think that it's a tragedy," Hayes said. According to ODMHSAS, more than
73,000 Oklahomans will experience reduced services.
“When we went through budget cuts like this about six years ago,
we saw an increase in the rate of suicide in Oklahoma," said Terri White,
with the Department of Mental Health.
Janet Cizek owns a treatment center in Tulsa and cares for about 5,000 patients
each year. She is in a panic after learning $7 million will be cut from private
based providers, like her, across the state. "To think that some people will lose
their job, to think that some people who need treatment will die," Cizek said.
In addition, the agency said the cuts will affect the inmate population.
"When we limit services that the DAs and local law enforcement have access to,
criminal justice numbers go up, period. Including ultimately the
Department of Corrections," White said. Also, mental health workers said taxpayers
will end up spending more.
"What we know very clearly is, when someone gets treatment, it costs about
$2,000 per year per person. When someone's in the Department of Corrections,
it costs a minimum of $19,000 per year per person," White said.
One of the biggest fears is public safety.
"It's saying that the next door neighbor might not be safe. It's that someone who
needs treatment might be getting behind the wheel of a car. It really impacts and
affects everyone," Cizek said.