Duluth News Tribune – Statewide View: Tough days for those in pain — Minnesota must improve its mental health parity
“Access to mental health services is elusive for many, and deaths from drug and alcohol misuse and suicide have skyrocketed.
In reality, few individuals who have a mental health need get the care they need. Consider that just one in 10 individuals who needs substance use treatment accessed that care at a specialty facility in 2016. And, currently, the state’s health care system — like the rest of the country — is fragmented, with mental health being seen for decades as a separate and distinct element from physical care.”