Beyond a doubt, we need to address the mental health issues that are core issues of many of our societal problems. Whether it is substance abuse, educational failures, prison reform and/or family dysfunction–most societal issues are originating from mental health concerns.
Addressing these problems as close to inception is societally and financially a dramatic savings over providing these services later. And the human savings is incalculable. We need to be dedicated as representatives of our population to be supportive of legislation that strongly addresses these underlying issues.