Current State Of Mental Health Services In San Antonio

Clarity Child Guidance Center, sponsor of the advocacy campaign One in Five Minds, held a press conference May 6, 2015, during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Steven R. Pliszka, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, spoke at the press conference and shared the current status of children’s mental health in San Antonio.

“Today, we have about the same number of psychiatric beds for children as we did 40 years ago, despite the enormous growth in population of the city,” Pliszka said. “Many times when parents call, they hear ‘all the beds are full.’”

Pliszka went on to talk about the cases where kids have to sit and wait – sometimes two or three days – in the emergency room before help becomes available. And yet, when the kids come out of the hospital, they do not receive the critical follow-up of mental health services that are needed.

Pliszka called for the recruitment of more mental health providers and for the allocation of more resources to tackle the issue of children’s mental health services.

The payoffs, he said, would include lower crime rates and greater productivity of our citizens.

Watch the replay of the One in Five Minds press conference. We challenge you to do something to make a difference today!

  • One in Five Minds is our prevention and education program at Clarity Child Guidance Center. We provide information and resources to parents, professionals, and the community so families no longer struggle with children’s mental illness alone.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of One in Five Minds or Clarity Child Guidance Center. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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