Build an infrastructure to give residents timely access to care for acute, chronic, and mild mental health issues.
At present, mental healthcare resources are scarce at best, totally absent at worst. Jasper and Newton counties need a commitment to improved infrastructure in mental healthcare to ensure that citizens have access to quality care options at rates they can afford.
Our citizens generally lack any knowledge about how and where to seek help for mental ailments, both chronic and acute. It’s no wonder why: there simply aren’t (in many cases) any quality options available. We must commit to bringing in a more diverse network of mental healthcare resources that includes everything from a fully committed and smart community mental health center, to better school-based resources, to a more fecund network of localized private practices in the field of mental health.
But our commitment must also extend beyond traditional means and ensure that our communities have access to great talent via telemedicine.