To make the CMHC system a reality, we’d need— hold your breath, this can be scary— a national plan that requires stable funding.
It makes little sense to criticize our “system” of mental health care, when it’s only a system in some places. In the national sense, it isn’t a system at all, and never has been.
Mike Golic, a former pro football player, was asked to recall his five best-ever performances. He couldn’t. “Ask me about my five worst games,” he countered.
The system here isn’t designed to help a sick addict get off (and stay off) alcohol and drugs. It’s designed to process people in accordance with the expectations of society.
Recovery-friendly communities encourage education, provide support for open communications, and reject assumptions that perpetuate stigma.
We’re competitive on price and have all the required services, but for some reason the award goes elsewhere.
Some will be the sort of folks who insist on using the latest and greatest. Others will represent large purchasers, searching for something that might work on patients who haven’t responded to other methods.
It requires a certain personality type – patient, reassuring, unpressuring – to engender trust and establish this sort of relationship in a business context.