Sacramento can lead on mental health care

Published: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 - 8:02 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 - 11:16 am

Re "Youths' mental health needs spike" (Page A1, Feb. 2): I applaud The Bee for shining a bright light on the needs of young patients of mental health care services. The people interviewed have my sincere gratitude for their honesty and willingness to share.

I have been a patient of public and private mental health care services in Sacramento since 2002. I am beginning to learn that my role in improving care is to be a voice of mediation and hope for families, providers and law enforcement.

Dr. Jason Bynum's fears are the most pressing in my opinion. How can we best handle the logistics of crisis intervention, hospitalization, diagnosis, and intensive outpatient services? We can call for a community forum that will work to clarify the priority of harm reduction in a vocabulary that suits the needs of law enforcement and the school system.

Sacramento can lead the nation on matters of mental health.

-- Michael Clark, Citrus Heights

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