The 13th letter: mental health

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 13th letter to you.

I have always been impressed by the way you seem to care about the mental health system in Tennessee.  But…..

The single most important piece of mental health reform is increasing people’s access to services.  Without health care reform there is no mental health reform and without TennCare expansion there is no access for many people.  It has a tremendous cost to this state in terms of the consequences of people with mental health issues not receiving the help they need.  Jails, prisons, homelessness, suicide, loss of jobs, family stresses and failures:  all of these and more are connected to no access.

Make a real difference in our mental health system.  Support TennCare expansion.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

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