Providers: mental health system needs urgent overhaul | News

Officials and state lawmakers heard of a mental health system that is not working, lacks resources and sets people up for failure, according to providers.

Last Thursday Dr. Elizabeth Williams, a clinical psychologist with Hendersonville Pediatrics, was one of many behavioral health professionals and concerned community members who addressed N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley, N.C. State Senators Jim Burgin (R) and Kevin Corbin (R) and Transylvania County Health Director Elaine Russell.

Williams was taking part in a town hall meeting at Brevard College focused on mental health and which allowed the public to provide critical feedback to government officials.

The mental health system is “very piecemeal,” said Williams. “We’re individual people trying to put it together however we can.”

“We miss having a strong community mental health center,” said Williams, who serves children and youth. “We miss the days of having a place where we

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