https://paloaltoonline.com/square/print/2021/11/16/santa-clara-county-to-create-mental-health-navigator-to-better-connect-residents-to-services


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Santa Clara County to create mental health navigator to better connect residents to services

Original post made on Nov 17, 2021

The county is developing a new program to help residents navigate its mental health system, including public and private resources.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 4:47 PM

Comments

Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:54 pm

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After reading the article on "Finding pathways to Mental Health"; my concern is that the Bay area services are not affordable to many of us. $300+ for private sessions and long waits (months) to get help. I know this is a chronic concern throughout the country. The VA system is a mess and their suicide count is rising exponentially.


Posted by cmarg
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 20, 2021 at 12:21 pm

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I agree that the prices are crazy for Mental Health Professionals. I do feel a change in insurance to treat mental health challenges just like any other disease is needed. Also, creating a defined amount that the therapists receive for their therapy sessions. I have seen up to $500 for 50 minutes. I feel this is unconscionable. We need to push for Insurance coverage, reduce the stigma of mental health, and regulate the fees just like is done within medical facilities. Mental illness needs to be viewed just like we view illnesses such as cancer. It is time people realized that there are so many suffering. We must get rid of the stigma.