Mental health system is still in state of crisis | Asheville Citizen-Times

We’re not exactly sure what word describes the next step beyond “crisis.”
Whatever it is, it would seem to be appropriate in describing the situation regarding the state of mental health care in North Carolina.

It’s a crisis years in the making. It was widely acknowledged years ago that the state’s mental health system was a mess. However, efforts to reform it would dredge up memories of the Keystone Kops, were the outcomes not so tragic.

The major failing of the reform push that began about a decade ago is that it essentially dismantled the old system without having a new one in place. Some 40 programs providing service around the state were supposed to be replaced by local management entities overseeing private providers, but that handoff was badly botched. Story continues here ➤