When embroiled in the maelstrom of mental illness, the needs of those with psychiatric disabilities and their families can be enormous. This is often because The System of services and supports, while well intended and led by so many dedicated workers, is disjointed and deficient in so many ways. Both before and after the onset, PsychOdyssey’s own lived experience sometimes sparks imaginings that could bridge some of the gaps.
Imagine below with us some initiatives that could help loved ones and their families navigate the maelstrom better.
A Psychiatric Services Provider Rating System (August 31, 2011)
A web-based information, review, and rating system of providers of psychiatric, therapeutic, counseling, and social services to individuals with severe mental illnesses, with special attention to the detailed information needs and distinct lived experiences of such individuals and to evidence-based and promising practices in applicable fields.
A Mental Health System Based On VALUE (January 25, 2013)
Today when we speak about the American health care system, everyone talks about how we must “bend the cost curve” downward. The national health care debate may have been focusing more on emotion (i.e., increasing access) than on reason (i.e., improving delivery). The focus should not be provider cost-reduction. Instead, it should be patient/consumer care value-maximization.