Filling gaps in mental health services
Feb. 12, 2018 at 6:06 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Gulf Bend Center and the community recognize there are gaps in mental health services. Gulf Bend Center management and board are well positioned and focused on finding solutions and supportive partners to narrow those gaps.
One issue is the lack of funding needed to adequately address the uninsured population with severe mental illness in our community. The cost of funding services and unfunded mandates limits our resources. Therefore, the center has to be more innovative in finding ways to deliver new services.
The passing of HB13 during the last legislative session provides matching grants to communities to fill gaps in mental health services and requires communities to make an investment as well. The Gulf Bend Community Collaborative recently received notice that our proposal was approved and is waiting to negotiate the terms of the funding for the project.
This is a community effort; without the help of our community partners in the collaborative, we would be stuck in the past. Any new funding brings hope that we can start to make a difference for the uninsured population living with severe mental illness.
Jeffrey Tunnell, executive director, and Steve Hipes, board chair, Gulf Bend Center, Victoria