Mental health

Jacqueline Froelich

A dozen community mental health centers in Arkansas provide comprehensive mental health and psychiatric services to low income and indigent families, adults and children in all 75 counties. In 2015, more than 69 thousand Arkansans were served. But, these non-profit institutions face certain challenges this new year.

Jacqueline Froelich

The Mental Health Council of Arkansas and the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association are collaborating to find ways to divert people with mental illness from state prisons and county jails. We assess the problem with the Arkansas Department of Correction and visit the the Sebastian County Detention Center to talk with Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck, who is a member of the diversion coalition.

Emotional disorders, like anxiety and depression, are widely understood and easily treated, but personality disorders are much more challenging to diagnose and resolve. Jacqueline Froelich talks with a U of A psychology professor about this serious mental illness, as well as with a social worker who specializes in BPD at Ozark Guidance, based in Springdale.

courtesy Ark. Dept. of Corrections

A coalition to advocate for incarcerated mentally ill formed in Northwest Arkansas two years ago. Jacqueline Froelich met with several key organizers, and also spoke with the mother of an adult son diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He is serving time in prison.  

A day-long event in Springdale will help agencies, veterans and VA officials connect.

link for registration:  www.nwamentalhealthsummit.eventbrite.com

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