Mental-health clinic closes its doors...

Mental-health clinic closes its doors today

There are 8 comments on the El Paso Times story from Sep 30, 2010, titled Mental-health clinic closes its doors today. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

A mental-health program that provided counseling and medication for hundreds of adults in the El Paso area is shutting down today.

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Starmar

El Paso, TX

#1 Oct 1, 2010
If MHMR saw this coming one year ago and did not work during the year to find program funding until the last few months, it's a little late. The Directors/Administration do not do enough to provide a clear cut picture of how bad the situation is until they know they are going to be out of funds. 1200 to 1500 persons have been affected by this lack of coordination and organization within an institution - MHMR - that should put their "consumers" first and opening up new clinics and moving people to that new clinic was a bad decision and now the ones paying for that decision are the patients themselves. Being on a waiting list is not much help, because if there are no funds for one clinic there are sure not enough funds because these are the same persons that were being cared for at this particular clinic - Nueva Esperanza - in the first place. The Director, at the last board meeting tried to blame everyone else he could, about UMC taking over some of these consumers, while UMC does not even have a program in place to care for these persons. Again, lack of communication and organization on the part of MHMR. This Nueva Esperanza clinic will remain open, but only to persons with Medicaid/Medicare or private insurance. Your tax dollars at work!
curious

El Paso, TX

#2 Oct 1, 2010
Ha ha ha ha.....the oil companies need more subsidies and tax breaks...not those looney tunes.
RRR

Pea Ridge, AR

#3 Oct 1, 2010
Starmar wrote:
If MHMR saw this coming one year ago and did not work during the year to find program funding until the last few months, it's a little late. The Directors/Administration do not do enough to provide a clear cut picture of how bad the situation is until they know they are going to be out of funds. 1200 to 1500 persons have been affected by this lack of coordination and organization within an institution - MHMR - that should put their "consumers" first and opening up new clinics and moving people to that new clinic was a bad decision and now the ones paying for that decision are the patients themselves. Being on a waiting list is not much help, because if there are no funds for one clinic there are sure not enough funds because these are the same persons that were being cared for at this particular clinic - Nueva Esperanza - in the first place. The Director, at the last board meeting tried to blame everyone else he could, about UMC taking over some of these consumers, while UMC does not even have a program in place to care for these persons. Again, lack of communication and organization on the part of MHMR. This Nueva Esperanza clinic will remain open, but only to persons with Medicaid/Medicare or private insurance. Your tax dollars at work!
You are brilliant! I'm sure there's even more reasons than just poor organization, but I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. Only people who work there know the truth.
with knowledge

Jacksonville, FL

#4 Oct 1, 2010
Starmar wrote:
If MHMR saw this coming one year ago and did not work during the year to find program funding until the last few months, it's a little late. The Directors/Administration do not do enough to provide a clear cut picture of how bad the situation is until they know they are going to be out of funds. 1200 to 1500 persons have been affected by this lack of coordination and organization within an institution - MHMR - that should put their "consumers" first and opening up new clinics and moving people to that new clinic was a bad decision and now the ones paying for that decision are the patients themselves. Being on a waiting list is not much help, because if there are no funds for one clinic there are sure not enough funds because these are the same persons that were being cared for at this particular clinic - Nueva Esperanza - in the first place. The Director, at the last board meeting tried to blame everyone else he could, about UMC taking over some of these consumers, while UMC does not even have a program in place to care for these persons. Again, lack of communication and organization on the part of MHMR. This Nueva Esperanza clinic will remain open, but only to persons with Medicaid/Medicare or private insurance. Your tax dollars at work!
If you spent as much time actually researching the issues and educating yourself as you do throwing around ignorant, baseless accusations, maybe you could actually be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.
RRR

Pea Ridge, AR

#5 Oct 1, 2010
You know, I really find it disgusting that every time they (MHMR) can't get away with getting more money they utilize consumers for interviews like this one! This is truly sad, even if the client consents to it.

If the patients they are keeping have Medicaid and Medicare, why don't they refer them out to providers that will accept them; and MHMR can assist the indigent without Medicare/Medicaid and help them with the funds they DO get!!!!! This is more than enough.

Or....why don't they cut their salaries (CEO, Selene Quintana, and other "Directors"). They should make public how much money is it that they pay themselves "with the board's authorization" of course!

Or why don't they change their administration to a more humane one who really cares for the consumers. One administration that does not "display" their consumers as "victims".

I hope UMC will provide better services.
ezm

Corpus Christi, TX

#6 Oct 1, 2010
In my opinion the Hunt family missed a great opportunity to donate and rename the center as the Marcus Hunt Mental health center. Sure they can't fix everything that goes wrong in the city, but I would of thought that this issue would be more meaningful to them than to rename a branch of the YMCA after their mother.
Benjamin the Donkey

Sierra Vista, AZ

#7 Oct 1, 2010
First read “Animal Farm”, it is a great way to understand Govt organizations in the US. (And most other countries) Then understand that the problems are systemic rather that isolated and will require a systemic fix. This program supports some (not all) people who abuse it like one I know personally who takes the program’s money and does illegal drugs with it and sells her legitimate ones as well, a simple drug test could have caught that long ago. There are people on the payroll that are there for reasons other than merit and ability. (A problem in ALL Govt and Govt funded programs) Employees who are there for the right reasons can do nothing about this as their some of their supervisors are the in the other category. It is just a darned shame that this is true of each and every program that is funded by those who pay taxes and are needed by so many, but will never be put to right because so many in the system are far more concerned with their troughs being full rather that what they are supposed to be doing, the job we the tax payer fund and what services their clients who are there for the right reasons need.
value time

El Paso, TX

#8 Oct 1, 2010
in the opinion of mhmr the problem of mental illness is solved in el paso. time to close shop and call it a life. well done mhmr. oh by the way mhmr and county of el paso is still responsible for any harm that comes to those clients.

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