Mental health support services, not jail, needed for our communities

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Kathryn Gardella of Hampden is a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine.

I am a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine. Like many, I feel disheartened by the dire need in our community for mental health support services. I am frustrated by the large amount of humans forced to languish in jails because alternative resources are not available.

The lack of behavioral health staff members and budget cuts has resulted in a decrease of available services. Individuals experiencing mental health crises are often forced into emergency departments, which are already deprived of staffing resources.

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