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Published: Wednesday, July 10 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

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VIDAR
Murray, UT

Our state legislator says that humans service college degrees; which lead to counseling degrees are worthless.
So the number of people who will go into programs for mental health licensing is less.
Mental health counselors are among the lowest paid professionals; with masters and doctorate degrees.
So, many of those with degrees go flip hamburgers because it pays more, and altruism will only take you so far.
No one wants to fund mental health services.
So the mentally ill will not receive services.
What is the net effect of the mentally ill not receiving services?
Reagan kicked them out of the hospitals; and they moved into the prisons.
Pay less now, or pay more later.

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

I'm confused. I thought Optumhealth was the contracted mental health service provider for the Salt Lake County who then subcontract out services. If so, why isn't Optumhealth being audited for its contracting services that don't appear to provide adequate services instead of Valley Mental Health? Why have Optumhealth as the County's mental health provider if it can't do the job? Why not then just have the County take over the contracting services, save money, and then audit Valley Mental Health while contracting directly with that agency which it has in the past. Who's in control of these services anyway? Optumhealth or the County? It seems that Salt Lake County has the problem if it continues to have the same problem with Valley Mental Health over and over again.

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