News — Yes for Mental Health Solutions
News & ResourcesOctober 2, 2014 City/County Behavioral Task Force FindingsSummaryFinal PresentationOctober 9, 2014, Albuquerque Journal, Op-Ed, Voters, support mental health effort, by Dede Feldman, Democrat, Former State SenatorNow members of the public have a chance to weigh in on this problem and let elected officials know that this is a problem with a solution that has been vetted and must be funded.October 1, 2014, Albuquerque Journal, Editorial: Mental health crisis center an option worth pursuingFor people in a serious mental crisis and in need of treatment, the current options when police become involved are few and uninviting – take the person to jail, or to the emergency room, or as in the case of James Boyd, much worse.Emergency rooms and jails are expensive, and society bears that cost. If mentally ill people can be helped with less intensive options, the community will benefit. And the presence of such a center could very well have a stabilizing effect on encounters between police officers and mentally ill people."September 25, 2014, Albuquerque Journal, City crisis center may help avert shootingsLocal police officers confronting someone in need of immediate mental-health treatment have few options besides taking the person to jail or the emergency room.A third option – a “crisis stabilization center” – is a top proposal of a large task force examining ways to reduce deadly confrontations between police and people struggling with mental illness.September 22, 2014, Albuquerque Journal, Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdownIn New Mexico, three counties have been sued since 2008 for holding inmates with serious mental illnesses in lockdown for between eight months and two years.For many people with serious mental illnesses, symptoms typically wax and wane, with acute psychosis often followed by extended periods of remission when they appear nearly normal, he said. But many of the prison inmates he has observed in lockdown are in a continuous state of breakdown, hallucinating all the time, he said.September 10, 2014, Albuquerque Journal, Speak up on mental health, drug treatment, Op-Ed by County Commission Chairwoman Debbie O''MalleyI look forward to starting a real and honest conversation with Bernalillo County families on the mental health and drug treatment crisis facing our community. This discussion is long overdue.….And whether we like it or not, Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center has become the backstop for much that is dysfunctional about our society. The Metropolitan Detention Center is not designed to be a homeless shelter, drug treatment center and mental health treatment provider. But that’s what it is, and it’s consuming more and more of the county budget in a reactive way.
Paid for by YES for Mental Health Solutions, P.O. Box 7815, Albuquerque, NM 87194Dede Feldman, Treasurer YesForMentalHealthSolutions@gmail.com 505.217.8705