League of Women Voters Studies Mental Healthcare Availability

Jun 23, 2014

Burrell Behavioral Health
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Leslie Carrier talks with Lisa Hall, assistant professor of sociology at MSU and a member of the League of Women Voter's study committee, about the issue the League decided to study this year.

Carrier says the LWV's mission is to educate voters about government issues, and each year the League chooses a topic to study more in depth to determine what, if any, changes need to take place, what could be advocated for or what needs to be brought to the attention of the general public.

Hall says, this year, they chose the topic of mental healthcare availability because approximately 20 percent of adults in a given year deal with a diagnosable mental disorder.  Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act, according to Hall, but there's been little progress made, and she says another reason is because mental health availability is a nonpartisan issue.