Nearly constant change in the public policies which determine how the Carolinas treat the mentally ill has created a complex system of care for both health practitioners and patients. Access to healthcare coverage, a shortage of qualified behavioral health professionals and a large gap in public funding are just a few of the challenges in treating the mentally ill in North and South Carolina. On the first of a two-part discussion on these issues, we explore how the two states are sorting through a confusing puzzle to care for those who need help. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey, Deby Dihoff of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Dr. Pete Liggett of the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Jan Probst of the S.C. Rural Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina and Mebane Rash of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research join the conversation.
Tags: Access to Care, Affordable Care Act, Crisis Intervention, Deby Dihoff, Dr. Jan Probst, Dr. Pete Liggett, Health Coverage, Health Funding, Housing, Mebane Rash, Mecklenburg County, Mental Health, N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Olmstead, S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, S.C. Rural Health Research Center, Sheriff Chipp Bailey, Stigma, Telemedicine, University of South Carolina