Access to mental health treatment continues to be a major healthcare need in the Roanoke Valley. Without treatment, many of the 22.1% of adults and 12% of children under the age of 18 who experience mental illness will go without care until their illnesses result in a crisis. Through our mental health advocacy efforts and involvement in coalitions, Mental Health America is an active participant in public policy development and implementation on local, state, and federal levels. We advocate for
- access to appropriate, affordable, high-quality mental health care for children and adults with mental illnesses at the earliest sign of illness;
- the availability of community-based services following psychiatric hospitalization;
- wraparound community-based services for children and families in acute crisis as a result of mental health or severe behavioral problems;
- appropriate treatment for individuals with mental illnesses during and following incarceration; and
- Crisis Intervention Team training which equips law enforcement officers for deal more effectively with individuals with mental illnesses who are also involved with the criminal justice system.