Problem Accessing Health Care?

Of the 333 people who have responded to our survey to date, 64% shared that they have experienced challenges obtaining mental health treatment for themselves or a family member in the past two years.

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Stephen Bonin
Stephen Bonin

As I think about this issue of access, I recall 2004. I was 43. My life had suffered devastation--divorce, career release, severe consequences of mania and depression. I hastily moved in with my parents, thinking that was the solution. They seemed to have it altogether.

Then I got fed up with my government-clinic psychologist, and felt estranged. My mom happened upon her highly credible primary doctor in the neighborhood, and he referred us to another psychiatrist.

So, I think as we look at the issue of brokenness, we have to realize the grace of community. Practicing forgiveness, being in loving relationships--all will work out.

However, the homeless, those who have broken relationships with their families, we need to keep helping. We need to keep pressing forward the values of reconciliations.


Our adult son's medication was no longer covered by our state's medicaid plan. Attempts by his psychiatrist to secure an exception were denied without explanation, despite the fact that our son had been on the drug for almost four years and was doing well. We couldn't afford to pay for his monthly prescription so his doctor changed his medication to a product that was covered. He's had some side effects that required several additional doctor visits, which caused me to miss work (again). Worse yet, I've watched my son become frustrated and irritable. These decisions don't seem to make sense.