I am of the opinion that there at minimum two major concerns. The first is access. The second costs.
Taking each in turn:
How can access to MH services be both more available and entry made easier? One possibility would be to bring the college and university psychology programs into some form of consortium. A coordinated effort across campuses of graduate psychology students offering supervised MH services both on and off campuses would be a possibility.
Cost factors alone are prohibitive for many. Here I think is where we involve the professional community. Perhaps by working through the various Associations,Society’s and Boards we can try and design a set of accords across organizations. At present there is very little financial incentive for MH professionals to offer any signicant degree of Pro Bono care. A place to start perhaps?
Would appreciate the candidates thoughts.
DR. Pat Vann
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