An article in the [Sept. 26] Asheville Citizen-Times, “Asheville Area Faces a Shortage of Doctors,” complained that there aren’t enough psychiatrists to go around; it takes months to see a psychiatrist for an initial visit.
The author complained that psychiatric services are scarce in this [region], and that there were no … group homes, no day programs or home visits by mental-health professionals to supervise patients.
I know. When the state reduced the number of beds in mental hospitals in 2001, … communities were expected to pick up the slack with outpatient clinics, crisis centers, day treatment centers and assertive treatment teams to make daily home visits to check up on community outpatients.
But even prior to the 2009 economic slump and recession, communities locked financial resources [necessary] to start up outpatient services.
I guess, at some point, the mentally ill should take personal responsibility for their own recovery and should stop depending on others to heal them when the power to heal lies within oneself.
— Richard Pope