Require primary care providers to have mental health training

To the Editor:

 

Mental illness is highly prevalent in the U.S. Per NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 43.8 million adults experience mental illness each year, which translates to 1 in 5 adults. These staggering numbers necessitate quality care. 

Often, an individual suffering with mental illness may see their primary care provider as their first point of contact. This provider should have adequate training to assess their patient properly, as well as give them the resources they need. There was a bill introduced in the House, that will address that very issue. 

This bill’s goal will make it mandatory for primary care providers to receive mental health assessment and training to be required as part of continuing education requirements prior to receiving license renewal. I am writing to encourage the support of the bill introduced, H.F. 1992. Please contact your representative today regarding the future of mental health care in Minnesota. 

 

Katie Eschenbauch 

Arden Hills

 

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