Georgia Mental Health Crisis
Mental health is a crucial element in the overall well-being of an individual; the World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as a complete it as a complete state of mental, physical and social being, and not rather the absence of disease (Corrigan, 2016). So many issues occur in the Georgia institution that involves both the caregivers and patients. The number of mental patients exceeds the resources and personnel required to manage them. There have been fights, whereby a caregiver thoroughly whips a resident out of anger, and many other issues arising out of neglecting of duties and tasks by the caregivers. Though not realized as a major crisis, the mental patients suffer greatly and gain very minimal care and support. The mentally ill individuals get viewed as persons incapable of doing most normal things. For example, there are reports of the patient getting choked while eating and then ended up in a hospital bed just because the caregivers assumed responsibilities. Other patients have died, deaths ruling from carelessness. Such occurrences got drawn from hospital records as well as from witnessed including the community members at Georgia, illustrating the myriad problems facing Georgia in its transformation process of how it cares for people with mental disabilities trough intensive research carried out in the community.
Several policies have gotten amended regarding the resettlement and transfer of mentally disabled individuals from the psychiatric clinics back to their community homes. This effort has been fruitful in some way, but not to its best simply because the patients are left to depend on their own as most of them have gotten left by their families. The disadvantage of the psychiatric institutions is that the institution is overcrowded as more patients get taken there. At those institutions, the patients are offered very minimal care and the government seems to have forgotten that the mentally ill people exist. The resettlement of the patients has been a very great crisis, simply because from the government reports, so many of them died after they had no one to take care of then, others severely injured each other after fighting and even some of them assaulted one another.
One of the major issues affecting the management of the mental institutions is the lack of proper records. Also research revealed that as from the inspection reports, most caregivers were not concerned with the medical appointment of the patients, and they sometimes skipped days without following the medical prescription. Some other caregivers had limited access to drugs and so the patients could not get the required treatment. Many homes either are not prepared to receive mental patients. Mental patients who got addicted to a harmful drug and substance abuse would not easily get tolerated into their homes as they would cause more damage than they left. For example, there were reports of a resident who initially served a probation sentence after assaulting the former girlfriend. After he had got released for resettlement, he could not live peacefully with the community and therefore had to be arrested again. In some other homes, mental patient’s unruly behavior has resulted to assaults by roommates and molest by caregivers. Several incidents have gotten reported for example in a home in Columbus where a patient tried to hurt a caregiver, and when another worker saw this, she came to support her workmate by bending back the patient’s finger and threatened to beat him. Since the incidence, the officials restrained the worker from attending to social work. There are so many cases of the death of residents, and the officials have written bunches of reports concerning the deaths, how it happened and determining the persons who were responsible. In general, mental health issues have been the major factor of the negative impacts in most of the resident’s lives a situation which in overall affects the country’s economy (Yeager, 2013).
In an attempt to improve the mental health system in Georgia, it is very crucial to consider the evidence, and then create funding models while focusing on the development. Some of the following approaches get recommended:
Firstly, there is the need for a development of result-based funding, a model directed towards improvement of the patient health by providing quality services. Financial bonuses should get reflected in staff salary, and the patient treatment/care services. More so, there should be increased financial support for outpatient services so as to satisfy the beneficiaries’ needs. This effort will greatly enable the health centers to attract patients whose stigma refrains them from seeing specialists. There is the need for consistent monitoring and evaluation of the system depending on the indicators to get directed towards supporting supervision. The patients should get monitored and provide with quality services at all time (Carter et al., 2010). Besides the infrastructure changes of the health care facilities and development of new service will greatly improve the health system. New beds should get, the facilities should get repaired and more to get constructed to ensure that the environment is conducive to both patients and caregivers. Finally, the human resource development in the hospitals is highly important. For example, motivation and labor division is recommended to ensure that staffs are happy with their work.
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Yeager, K., Cutler, D. L., Svendsen, D., & Sills, G. M. (2013). Modern community mental health: An interdisciplinary approach.