The state of mental health care in Michigan

On World Mental Health Day, CBS Detroit is screening for mental illness as Metro Detroit had two notable cases occurring in just a few days.

In Detroit, police officers Shoot and kill a man Those with a mental disorder.

In downtown Dearborn, a man whose family says suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, He allegedly killed a hotel employee.

“The mental health care system in Michigan is under great strain,” said Dr. Gerald Shiner, chief of psychiatry at Sinai-Grace Hospital.

He sees the problem every day.

“We’ve really left behind the chronically mentally ill population, the people who aren’t experiencing job loss, divorce, or financial trouble,” Shiner said.

It’s an issue, decades in the making.

Mental institutions across the country began closing in the 1960s.

Then in 1997, former Michigan Governor John Engler closed more than a dozen psychiatric hospitals. In his opinion, to return the treatment to society.

The burden is on medical wards, psychiatric units and general hospitals that have shrunk over the past several years.”

Combined with insufficient funding, experts say, many mentally ill people are likely to face law enforcement.

“There were a huge number of calls coming in which were related to mental health, and we had just over 20,000,” said Capt. Tonya Leonard Gilbert of the Detroit Police Department.

In 2019, the Detroit Police Department partnered with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) to launch Crisis Intervention Team.

Leonard Gilbert told CBS Detroit that there are 214 officers who can recognize signs of mental illness, figure out how to de-escalate someone in a crisis, and get help.

“We are able to turn them from going to prison when in reality they just need services and support,” said Leonard Gilbert.

Shiener acknowledges their efforts.

“The police often take people to hospitals,” he said. “But these services are exhausted because we don’t have the resources.”

In the upcoming 2023 budget, Gretchen Whitmer has committed nearly $900 million to increase access to Mental health services.

$325 million for a new state psychiatric complex.
$277.8 million to expand public and private behavioral health capabilities.
$57.8 million to support additional beds at the existing Hawthorne Center, additional healthcare homes, and new contract costs for intensive inpatient services.
$220 million to support one-time capacity expansion grants for inpatient and community behavioral health services.
$10 million in student loan repayments for behavioral health providers.

Shiener believes lawmakers should fund traditional concepts such as asylums for the mentally ill and return to a fee-for-service system.

“Forget about middlemen. Let’s not fund middlemen who take state money to take care of people and then distribute it to service providers,” Shiner said.

DWIHN has shared these resources for those who need help:

DWIHN Access Helpline, 800-241-4949 Trained staff available 24/7 who will assist in obtaining
You or a family member is connected to behavioral health services and resources.

Suicide Prevention Hotline 988 if you or a family member is suicidal
Ideas, call and get help.

Reachusdetroit.org 313-488-HOPE A call or text line for anyone 14 or older
He has mental health concerns. Trained behavioral health professionals will perform an assessment
and get the help they need. Engages individuals and provides 24/7 therapeutic support
Regardless of the ability to pay.

Mental health first aid for adults and young adults, learn to recognize someone in crisis
How to respond: Call 888-490-9698

Veteran Navigator provides free services to veterans and their families regardless of military
Status, 313-585-0061

Free Mental Health Resources
MySt Strength Mental Health App to help treat anxiety, depression and wellness tips

Free Mindwise Mental Health Screening at: www.dwihn.org Click Get My Mind
health check”

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