Expanding Physical and Mental Health Care

1. An army of health care workers could be trained to go into our community and assess the physical and mental health needs of all of our citizens. Our hospitals, clinics, home health agencies and private practice are overstressed. Many of our citizens languish in jail due to the lack of adequate psychiatric and mental health services. Many people cannot get to existing health care facilities due to lack of transportation and/or money. Why can't health care come to the people in our community rather than people having to spend the time and money it takes to obtain current services?

2. The development of an army of health care workers would create jobs for both qualified trainers and for those who would be trained. Such an army would be developed for early intervention, lowering the cost of health care and saving lives.

3. We want to partner with existing health care services. These existing health care organizations could provide training to community workers regarding the necessary skills of triage, referral and early intervention.

We the undersigned:

We support your efforts to get our economy up and running again. We are particularly supportive of the portion of the stimulus package that addresses health care, including mental health. We urge you to continue developing a plan to fund and implement the broadening of health care services to all Americans.

In our efforts to support you in this endeavor, we are circulating a petition at the grass roots level that addresses the need for additional training of health care workers.  These workers would go out into the community to assess people for physical and mental health care needs. Why do people have to go to overtaxed clinics and hospitals? Couldn't we develop a plan to bring health care to the people? This would increase services and provide jobs. Our current local health care institutions, hospitals, clinics and home health agencies are strained to the hilt. Private practices are full as well. Many of our people have to get by with little or no care.

As our supporters grow, we will continuously be in contact with Washington to help ensure this very important issue stays at the forefront of today's overall health and economic initiatives.

Please sign our petition now and help bring health care to the people.

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