Minnesota launches plan to improve treatment for disabled, mentally ill

  • Article by: Chris serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 6:02 AM

State launches ambitious effort to improve treatment and services for the disabled and mentally ill.

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F4GIBOct. 31, 1312:23 AM

It sounds like the plan does NOTHING to insure that those who need medications to treat their conditions and to prevent them from being a physical threat to others or themselves will actually take their meds as prescribed. Without compliance with their treatment plan, some of these "deinstitutionalized" patients are a danger to the public.

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fatredneckOct. 31, 13 2:46 AM

This plan, like all others, will fail. Nobody wants these 'deinstitutions' in their back yard. The mentally ill will end up once more shoved under the carpet.

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kk1959Oct. 31, 13 6:23 AM

Its a good start....but we need to see it become as big a priority in our hospitals as physical injuries currently are. We need to do a lot more.

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georgina17Oct. 31, 13 7:51 AM

Remember that a major portion of the unmet need is simply affordable housing in useful locations. I have been told repeatedly by social services staff within the system that the staffing is available so resident safety is not at greater risk than under current model. I think it is crazy to limit a person's freedom simply because there are no apartments on a busline and they don't currently drive, and then because they are institutionalized, view their choice to watch TV rather than do their laundry, for example, as proof that they need to continue to have their freedoms limited.

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arspartzOct. 31, 13 8:20 AM

Was there not just a series of articles on how the mentally ill were taxing the services of local law enforcement and health care? How is releasing more mentally ill people onto the streets going to make that better?

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georgina17Oct. 31, 13 9:09 AM

Arspartz: Please read the draft Olmstead plan and see if you believe that the necessary support services are adequately addressed in it. If not, please submit your comments to DHS to express your concerns. We, as a state, need to get it right this time.

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gailycOct. 31, 13 9:23 AM

Such a slippery slope. I have a sense that this is the tip of the iceberg as there are untold numbers of people who deal with this every day without any safety net of agencies. To what extent does one have to go/get to before these resources become available?

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tapperOct. 31, 13 7:25 PM

If you have never dealt or lived with a person who suffers from major depression,severe anxiety, etc, you probably think they all lead semi normal lives and can be completely taken care of at home. Sometimes, even if they are well cared for at home, they need a place to go to"get it together" again. Not long term, but for a few weeks at least. Day treatment and therapists can help a lot but that treatment seems to run it's course. There are a thousand places for drug addicts and alcoholics to go, but nowhere I have found for mentally ill people. If this will help those people and do a good job it will help people who are trying to function but just can't do it.

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