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The shelter has no clinicians on staff to deal with either mental or physical health of its residents.

He shared his story as part of a Greater Lowell Health Alliance roundtable discussion Thursday that highlighted the lack of treatment resources available to people suffering from addiction and other mental health issues.

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State Rep. Tom Golden, a cohost of the event, said legislators are working for a reform of reimbursement that would make sure insurance companies pay for mental health treatment the same way as for treatment for physical ailments.

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During the forum, Golden presented the Greater Lowell Health Alliance with a $200,000 state grant to support its substance abuse prevention and education programs.

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When people can't get the behavioral health Prada Bag Limited Edition treatment they need, they often end up in shelters, said Lowell Transitional Living Center Client Services Director Anne Malavich.

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LOWELL When Mike Duggan of Arlington was battling heroin addiction, he knew he needed help.

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necessary care, said Lowell Community Health Center Deputy Director Sheila Och.

"We feel in the end, we're losing the battle," said Bill Garr, CEO of the addiction treatment nonprofit The Lowell House. "We're under resourced. We have problems in accessing psychiatry, putting the mental health and substance abuse pieces together, with an issue that affects two thirds of the families in our community."

Tami Gouveia echoed Golden's call to "get outraged" about the current state of treatment for behavioral health, especially the funding for it.

people that will never, ever be able to live independently in the community, but there is no place for them to go."

Malavich said the Lowell Transitional Living Center gets at least eight to 10 referrals a week of mental health patients with nowhere else to go as they're discharged from hospitals as far away Ebay Rolex Watches For Sale Uk

"It's time for parents and loved ones to step up and say, 'This needs to happen,' " Golden said.

"For me to hear that in my state, it was, 'Oh, that's my excuse to use today," he said.

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But trying to get into a treatment center, he said, was a "hopeless struggle." Every time he called, he'd hear there were no beds available.

"These are people with severe, profound mental health issues, as well as substance abuse issues," Malavich said. "Should they be in shelters? Absolutely not. But where are the beds for these people? We have Rolex Submariner Mens Watch 16613

A community needs assessment conducted last year by the alliance and Lowell General Hospital identified mental health and substance abuse problems as the region's most pressing unmet needs. At Thursday's forum, health and social service professionals said a variety of barriers keep people from accessing behavioral health care they need and called for that to change.

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"Our family members are dying from this, or they're affected financially and they go bankrupt, and relationships are just ruined from this scourge of addiction, and it starts at just such a young age," said Gouveia, who is now the executive director of Tobacco Free Mass. and has been involved in various community health organizations. "We see that there are not enough beds and not enough people providing treatment for kids, kids as little as 5 years old."

"That's what is known as an unsustainable business," she said.

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