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It's a scandal that it was ever opened and continued to be run in such a way that could do so much damage to so many children," Susan McParland, director of the Michigan Association for Children With Emotional Disorders, told Psychiatric News.
Experts Divided Over Reform Plan's Prospects -- Milne 40 (24): 12 -- Psychiatric News
Susan McParland, director of Michigan's Association for Children With Emotional Disorders, said the plan needed to set forth ultimate goals.She called the plan lackluster and said it would be better for the public to see a longer-range plan. She was especially distressed about the recommendations for reforming the juvenile-justice system, which she said were inadequate."Many of our children who have emotional disorders are becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system and have been sent to horrible facilities without the mental health care or educational support they need, and this plan does nothing to address this crisis," she said. In addition, she was surprised to find that none of the commission's recommendations for planning, outreach, assessment, and physician communication regarding mental health services for the elderly were addressed in the follow-up plan. She mentioned that other gaps in the plan will stifle its implementation.The plan suggests, for example, that many issues will be referred to the Advisory Council on Mental Illness, and unfortunately only one person has been appointed to that council, so it is not yet a working council. McParland also agreed with Reinstein that in too many areas the MDCH plan requires further stakeholder meetings, which seem unnecessary since the mental health commission was appointed by the governor and has already made the recommendations.
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"Too many children are being detained and incarcerated because they exhibit behaviors linked to their illness that are mistaken for delinquent acts," said Susan McParland, Director of MACED."These children are vulnerable to physical and sexual assault, self-injury, and suicide.They suffer serious interruptions in school and deterioration in their health status," McParland said. CONTACT: Susan McParland of the Michigan Association for Childrenwith Emotional Disorders, +1-248-433-2200
Granholm names state's first mental health commission
"The mental health system is broken, so the job of this commission shouldn't be tinkering," said Susan McParland, executive director of the Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders, a nonprofit advocacy group."Everything is on the table." Key among the problems is the dearth of resources spent on services for children with emotional disorders, who currently receive only 7 percent of the state's mental health dollars, according to McParland. "That's totally unacceptable," she said. She noted the omission of a child adolescent psychiatrist among commission members, but said she hoped the panel would have sub groups in which such a child specialist could serve. Advocates agreed that a bloated bureaucracy was among the system's chief failings, requiring dollars to pass through several layers and agencies before reaching clients.Getting rid of such waste would make real reform possible even in these tight budget times, they said. For McParland the reforms would include a regional system with more central accountability to the state. "In tight budget times you determine what ought to be in place, you establish a framework and a set of values, and then you determine where money is being wasted," she said.
HollandSentinel.com -State cuts funding for thousands of mentally ill kids 08/09/03
They are losing all that time and being damaged in ways we can't even begin to calculate," Susan McParland, executive director of the Michigan Association for Children With Emotional Disorders, told The Detroit News. "Shame on us," McParland said.