Wednesday, July 6, 2022

New York State Attorney General’s Mental Health Hearing: Pandemic Affects Depressive Patients’ Doubles

State Attorney General Letitia James held a meeting on the 22ndmental healthCrisis Online Public Hearing, inviting relevant citizen representatives and community organizations that provide mental health services to provide advice on solving the mental health crisis in New York State; The citizen representative suggested increasing investment in mental health resources, raising industry wages and attracting more people familiar with multiple languages.

Lexia Zhan says New York state’s mental health crisis is due to COVID-19. is in danger fromEpidemicHe said the number of psychiatric hospital beds across the state has continued to decline over the past few decades, and the pandemic has turned hundreds of psychiatric hospital beds into Covid-19 wards, further compounding the lack of mental health treatment resources. Is. According to the data, mental hospitals across the state currently have less than 5,000 short-term beds, of which only 274 beds are for children and adolescents.

He said the number of people with mental health problems in homeless shelters and prisons has been increasing since 2014, and state capitals and legislatures at all levels must find ways to make resources accessible to all people with mental illness.

Linda Lee, chair of the council’s mental health committee, who worked in mental health services before joining the council, said there was a seriously under-investment in mental health services;New York CityThe number of people living with depression has tripled from pre-pandemic levels, “and this number is greatly underestimated because many immigrants have poor English skills and many surveys cannot reach them.”

Lee Linda suggested that the state government should coordinate public and private medical institutions, and that the government should also promote inter-departmental coordination to increase resources for mental health treatment; “There is also a situation where medical insurance payments for mental health treatment are still relatively small. Small, disguised as incentives, are people entering the industry, further reducing resources, and insurers needing their own Policies must change; the mental health industry must increase wages to attract more talent, especially multilingual talent.”

Ashwin Vasan, the city’s director of health, said a large number of mental patients in New York City have long been isolated from the community, lacking communication, and many are homeless, so the city government has previously proposed increasing assisted housing. Planning is very important.

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine suggested that many mental health emergencies require a call to 911, but mental health professionals are lacking in first responders, and response times are too long, so more mental health responders are trained. should be done.

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