Mental health care advocate
Re: July 2 commentary “Central Health can boast of significant strides.”
I thoroughly enjoyed Lew Little’s column. He correctly noted Central Health’s role in adding funding for inpatient psychiatric care and convening stakeholders to work toward bridging funding gaps in the mental health safety net in Austin and Travis County.
Where he didn’t complete the picture was to acknowledge the key role that Judge Guy Herman has played in the development of a health care district here and the focus on mental health upon which the judge has been so insistent. It was Herman who identified the need for a community response to the needs for inpatient psychiatric beds here, and it was he who recognized that this was a community issue rather than the sole responsibility of Austin Travis County Integral Care.
Central Health has admirably carried forward the banner raised by Judge Herman, and our community is better for both.
Dr. Jim van norman Medical director, atCiC firstname.lastname@example.org