Mental Health roundtable held at Zumbro Valley Health Center

US Sen. Amy Klobuchar and congressional candidate Dan Feehan toured the center to learn more about a pilot program that works to address mental illness in Minnesota.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 7:18 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Healthcare coverage and cost means much more than just a trip to the doctor's office.
One organization in Rochester is shedding light on a an overlooked healthcare concern, mental health.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics or CCBHC is a pilot program.
Therapists, counselors and community support staff shared the benefits of it with the DFL Congressional Candidate Dan Feehan and US Senator Amy Klobuchar.

“You realize hey your need someone to talk to every once in a while,” said Feehan.

The grant program has a unique model, meaning therapists, doctors and case managers work together to get you the best care possible.

“People should be able to access mental health and substance abuse help because you got situations where you got the opioid epidemic out there you've got law enforcement working on it but if people aren't able to get the treatment there just going to go back at it again,” said Senator Klobuchar.

Not only do patients receive essential services to treat their conditions. They also have access to basic needs such as housing, clothing and food. Employers like Shery Block say you can't tackle mental health issues without tackling other issues.

“The numbers of the homeless population are increasing we've seen an increase. There just a lack of affordable housing and the rents have just been driven up in the last couple of years,” said Block.

We reached out to each candidate’s opponent.

“During our campaign, we’ve learned of the mental health challenges from social workers, school superintendents, sheriffs, police chiefs and others with whom we’ve met. In Congress, I will work to improve the existing federal, state and county efforts, and will encourage further partnerships to better serve our counties, schools, communities and those in need of mental health services,” said Gregg Peppin press person for Jim Hagedorn.

“I have worked as a paramedic for 30 years and I have responded to countless mental health related 911 calls. We must make sure we provide adequate funding for people who are in need of treatment for mental health issues and for the programs that are in place to care for folks having mental health problems. I support more funding for treatment facilities and for outreach to the families of mental health patients. My voting record in the Minnesota House demonstrates my commitment to this issue. I also strongly support helping our emergency workers, especially our volunteers, who have very few resources when it comes to the treatment of PTSD. I was very disappointed when Governor Dayton vetoed the funding for this outreach last Spring. I will not stop working to help folks who are struggling with PTSD and mental health issues,” Said GOP Senate Candidate Jim Newberger.

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