The Proposed Reasons behind the closing of many Mental Health Buildings in AL and NJ

Mental health hospitals are facing closure in Alabama and New Jersey. Government officials in both states believe they can provide the needed mental health services by reorganizing catchment areas, redirecting new mental health admissions and assessing the placement options for new and current mental health patients in both states. The cutback in services includes autism NJ clients.

New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has accepted the recommendations of the Department of Human Services. This includes closing the Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in June, 2012. What this means for affected populations is that mental health services, including autism NJ will be reassessed and delivered in different ways. Patients who formerly had been admitted for inpatient services will now be served through outpatient services.

Addiction and mental health services are beginning to send patients to psychiatric service providers in new catchment areas. To save on funds, these patients are being provided with outpatient services such as day treatment programs.

Capitol Care, Inc., which operates in New Jersey, adheres to the philosophy that requires each mental health patient to own his or her progress toward recovery. Capitol Care achieves this by helping each patient to look at their own situations and respond to difficulties, using positive actions and healthy psychological actions and thoughts. The company also embraces mutual respect and trust of every individual admitted to their care programs. Management and staff makes a commitment to each patient and works to help them work through their individual mental health issues using positive thought. Finally, Capitol Care uses its accumulated knowledge and experience as it guides every patient through treatment to recovery.

Capitol Care holds several beliefs central to its treatment philosophy. These include:

v Encouraging patients and families to make informed choices through education;
v Leading each patient and their family to empower themselves in connection to their diagnosis;
v Including all patients and family members in planning and implementing treatment – this, believes Capitol Care, is the right of all;
v Every counselor and staff member responds to patient needs, building flexibility into its documented outcomes.

Every counselor works with his patients to identify health conditions, both mental and physical, that may be blocking recovery. Staff is encouraged to use treatment methods shown to be the most effective in academic, medical and clinical research.

Peer groups are utilized, including autism NJ, which enables each patient to build safe, healthy friendships and trust others in their social living and establishment of trust.

Changes in Alabama

State government officials in Alabama have decided to slow down the closure of mental health hospitals throughout the state. A September deadline, which had been previously set, has now been lifted, which will keep some mental health hospitals open.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley still supports the plan to transition patients out of mental health hospitals and into community outpatient treatment centers. The plan to close mental hospitals came about because of a budget crisis in the state. Tony Thompson, Department of Mental Health in Alabama, believes “true recovery” can happen in individual communities.

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