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Mental health simulator to show how individuals access resources

Mental health simulator to show how individuals access resources

LAFAYETTE, Ind. − A unique mental health simulation and workshop will be held on Wednesday for local and national elected officials to participate in.

According to the organizers, the goal of this event is to address opportunities for improvement in mental health care at the local, state and federal legislative levels.

Who is behind this simulation and workshop?

Valley Oaks Health, a mental health and addiction treatment facility, and the local Legislative Forum are planning the mental health simulation and workshop on Wednesday.

“The forum is made up of individuals and organizations invested in advocating for appropriate legislative action to address mental health and substance abuse issues in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Monique Kulkarni, a licensed psychologist and senior director of Clinical Services at Valley Oaks Health, said.

Simulate how individuals access local mental health care

Unlike a mainly presentation-based event, Wednesday’s simulation and workshop will instead show what people go through to receive local, needed mental health services.

According to Kulkarni, there will be multiple stations staffed by mental health professionals representing different mental health services. Lawmakers will move from station to station in an effort to get mental health services needed for the mental health problem described to them at the beginning of the simulation.

“(The mental health representatives) will tell you what they can or cannot do and may refer you to another table, representing a different health care provider,” Kulkarni wrote. “(The goal is) to showcase the range of mental health needs in our community and provide participants with the opportunity to try and navigate the complex network of mental health resources available in our community.”

Who can participate in the simulation?

Unfortunately, this simulation and workshop is not open to the public, but to lawmakers, including current state and federal representatives and senators, sheriff, mayors and county commissioners, as well as all candidates on the November ballot, Kulkarni said.

“(However,) the group holds an annual legislative forum that gives the public an opportunity to hear about the current state of our mental health system,” Kulkarni said, “policy priorities for mental health providers, and targeted Q&A with elected officials on these issues.” subjects.”

When and where is the event?

The workshop will take place on Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Howarth Center, 615 North 19th St. in Lafayette. Kulkarni noted that the event cannot accommodate public observers during the simulation.

“This event has been a labor of love from so many people who are passionate about improving the state of mental health,” Kulkarni said. “The identities/characters in the simulation are based on real people that members of our group know and have tried to support in some way.

“The mental health system is on the cusp of a major overhaul, and we want to make sure our elected officials are equipped to act in the best interests of their constituents.”

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at mchristopherson@jconline.com and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.



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