Advocates for mentally ill say more t...

Advocates for mentally ill say more treatment facilities are needed...

There are 12 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 10, 2010, titled Advocates for mentally ill say more treatment facilities are needed.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Advocates for the mentally ill are at odds with hospital officials as to whether there are enough treatment facilities available for the severely mentally ill in North Central Massachusetts.

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Fitch-1

Windham, NH

#1 Oct 10, 2010
They do have a closing date its the 31st of December 2010.
okeydokey

Gloucester, MA

#3 Oct 10, 2010
most people will agree.. the worse thing that ever happoened to fitchburg leominster area was the coming of HealthAlliance ...how and why did burbank hospital close...? that had hospital had a first rate nursing program also..HealthAlliance blows..ever go to OVERCROWDED Leominster hospital.. its over crowded because its run by HealthAlliance who had the NON-BRILLIANT IDEA of closing Burbank knowing ther is 90,000 people living here and think that only 1 hospital can handle it..LAeominster...NOT... this was about profit and not CARE people....HealthAlliance should be brought on the congressional red carpet for questioning,how many more have to die so the few owners can make $$$$$$$$$$
Fitch-1

Windham, NH

#5 Oct 10, 2010
Remember it’s for the good of the patent? Burbank was always the better Hospital but what does that matter. What we need is over crowed Emergency rooms and patents getting up set because there waiting for 5+ hr. Close all the mental help Hospitals so the patents can’t get the help they need. Put workers out of work so theirs less taxes collected to help balance the budget. It’s all one big spiral to under mind America. Thank you Mr.O.
wonder

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Oct 10, 2010
Could it be that for a lot of people don't recognize the signs of mental illness and therefore self medicate or have a drinking problem to ease the pain?? Instead we put these poor people aside at the ER so someone who has a FU*K*NG hang nail can wait 5 hours too!?!?!
The problem is, there are not enough primary care doctors in the area and too many people that come here and suck the system and they crowd the ER for stupid reasons that us taxpayers end up paying for.
I am sure there are more people who could benefit but sometimes the only intervention is too late when someone is suicidal. In schools, they should teach in health class to students how to recognize the signs in themselves or family and friends. Until your family has experienced a mental health crisis you will never know the helplessness you feel when they have to wait to be treated. It is just awful.
bobo

Leominster, MA

#10 Oct 11, 2010
wonder wrote:
Could it be that for a lot of people don't recognize the signs of mental illness and therefore self medicate or have a drinking problem to ease the pain?? Instead we put these poor people aside at the ER so someone who has a FU*K*NG hang nail can wait 5 hours too!?!?!
The problem is, there are not enough primary care doctors in the area and too many people that come here and suck the system and they crowd the ER for stupid reasons that us taxpayers end up paying for.
I am sure there are more people who could benefit but sometimes the only intervention is too late when someone is suicidal. In schools, they should teach in health class to students how to recognize the signs in themselves or family and friends. Until your family has experienced a mental health crisis you will never know the helplessness you feel when they have to wait to be treated. It is just awful.
Good point! unfortunatley times are tight and politicians would rather fight for Illegals than injured Americans. Wether ir be a broken arm or depression, pain is pain. If everyone knew the signs, help could be given to ease the silent suffering before it's too late.
Finances

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Oct 11, 2010
It really isn't that complicated. Change the law that says people must be seen even if they can't afford to pay. People with scrapes, sore throats or a fever will go to their primary care if they MUST pay a $20 co payment at the ER. Pay it first. Then, dozens will choose to wait for their primary care rather than show up and say "I got Masshealth" for my sniffles. The ER will be cut way down in patient load. As far as mental health, expand Burbank to take ALL the mental health patients that come through the ER - no more waiting 3 days for a bed. That ties up rooms at the ER - so thats why you wait so long - there is no room when 20% of the rooms are occupied by people sleeping and waiting for a transfer. Simple
dirt bags

Worcester, MA

#12 Oct 12, 2010
"The problem is, there are not enough primary care doctors in the area and too many people that come here and suck the system and they crowd the ER for stupid reasons that us taxpayers end up paying for."
Get a doctor and lay of the ER. OH, thats right... They can't wait for the primary care doctor. Wat to much for them
saved

Northampton, MA

#13 Oct 12, 2010
i didnt even think there were any shrinks at the emergency room .this is for EMERGENCYS only. thats like bringing a toothacke to a autobody shop. there are better places to get the help you need.sometimes i think they just need a fix and a place to sleep it off.when you cant aford the drugs anymore you call it a mental illness wtf give me a funking break.and the next time you knock health alliance remember, if you get seriously hurt thats where you catch life flite.they save a lot of lives there. i know first hand ,god bless health alliance thankyou very much.
Harold

United States

#14 Oct 14, 2010
What will Stamos do?
bren911

New York, NY

#15 Oct 17, 2010
Outpatient is great if the mentally ill will particiate. The problem is that they don't have to. They don't have to go to meetings, counseling, take their meds, participate in day program, etc. Placements in residential homes help, however, with all the Mental Health hospitals closing, residential placements are not always appropriate. People are put where there is room for them, not necessarily where it is right for them. And again, clients in the wrong placement will deteriorate. We can do nothing for them until they are a harm to themselves or others. We can stand by and watch them deteriorate until they get to that point. Then, we can't get them a bed. Some people belong in a hospital setting. They have the tools and power to help, whereas, outpatient does not.
Crackpot Police

Gardner, MA

#16 Oct 18, 2010
Harold wrote:
What will Stamos do?
His Mom is planning to home medicate.
parenthood

AOL

#17 Oct 18, 2010
dirt bags wrote:
"The problem is, there are not enough primary care doctors in the area and too many people that come here and suck the system and they crowd the ER for stupid reasons that us taxpayers end up paying for."
Get a doctor and lay of the ER. OH, thats right... They can't wait for the primary care doctor. Wat to much for them
The problem is also because doctors want to work 9-5, they dont take care of their patients in the hospital, so why is there still a 24 hr wait to see you in the office, or you call and they send you to the er, medical care is in poor shape, all they care about is the profit margin, to many ceo, vice ceo, manager, on an on

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