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Oregon needs more varied and appropriate supportive housing options, supportive employment, seeing strengths of people instead of labels, more peer support and family/natural support system education.
Trauma exacerbates illness when the system is not preventive. Symptoms are worsened by events that are secondary to illness symptoms (losing housing, jobs, self-esteem, possessions, relationships, medical treatment) and by trauma.
Bottlenecks and gaps lead to traumatic crisis management outside of helpful mental health care, all much more expensive in dollars and emotional cost to the individual than preventive care might be.
There are many opportunities to join in advocacy efforts and peer support that can help identify specific policies that create the bottlenecks and gaps, and opportunities to lesson trauma.
If we can identify the policies and budget decisions that create the bottlenecks and gaps, we can advocate for better preventive care and promote recovery.
One very serious gap is the lack of appropriate housing available for State Hospital patients ready for discharge.
Lack of beds in less restrictive or appropriate housing for patients who are forced to stay in the state hospital creates a bottleneck preventing those entering crisis from accessing treatment. This lack of beds in the community seems to contribute to 'criminalization of mental illness' for some. And, this in turn leads to difficulty for these individuals in finding employment and housing, which only adds to their troubles.
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