Ever since Engler was in office we have seen a decline in the support for our mental health system. This has impacted us much more harshly on the local level than many realize. No one seems to want to talk about it. Some of the local news agencies have barely started giving it some attention. This is such a multi-faceted situation and so is the solution.
I am the only candidate that has met with the local mental health experts. I have met one on one and I have attended many Community Mental Health meetings. I have also met with school officials and law enforcement regarding this issue.
Our local experts in both St. Joseph and Cass counties have the knowledge, experience and plan to solve this problem, they just need support. Their plan addresses preventative mental health for school age children that need it. The law enforcers need more facilities and a capability to handle treatment as two examples.
I will continue the work with our local experts in the challenges of improving our mental health situation.