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A mental health crisis

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

We have a state-wide crisis that we need to address, and we need address it honestly.

I recently met with frustrated constituents who have friends and family members who are in the midst of a mental health crisis but lack the resources to help.

These families are in a Catch-22 situation. They’re frustrated because they love this family

member, but they can’t get them any help.

It seems that no matter how much money the government throws at the problem, we’re not seeing results in our communities.

We need to start at the county and local levels. The further you get away from home the less effective government is.

As Senators and Representatives, we need to recognize the severity of the crisis within this state, from the individual to the state level with funding and facilities.

We need to start with a comprehensive approach and getting all the players involved, from the cities to the counties to the region to the state. If we can accomplish things locally that would be the best solution.

But if the responsibility doesn’t lie there, then we move up to the next level.

We can’t allow our most vulnerable to go uncared for. We need to give them the help that they deserve.

- The Happy Farmer

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