LANSING (WKZO) -- There is more funding in the Governor’s budget proposal for Mental Health Care in the wake of Sandy Hook and all the discussions over the real causes behind a series of mass murders across the country.
Constantine Republican Matt Lori Chairs the House appropriations subcommittee for the Dept. of Mental Health. He says they will have a full plate, especially dealing with the problem of jails filled with mental health patients receiving little or no treatment.
At the same time the National Association of Social workers is critical of the Governor’s plan to put “family Resource centers” in schools that are staffed by D.H.S. caseworkers, while social workers are being laid off.
The Association’s Maxine Thome says the caseworkers aren’t qualified to do much more than referrals to community mental health services.’
The Governor calls it the Pathways to Potential Program to focus on truancy and removing barriers to attending school, like hunger, transportation, child care and behavioral issues.