Rep. Chris Stewart joins colleagues seeking millions more for mental health care

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  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 7:14 p.m.

    I believe that most drug abuse is a form of self-help by those who have mental health issues and are unable to get proper treatment for their mental health issues.

    I believe that most theft crimes are perpetrated by those abusing drugs--who are resorting to drug abuse as a type of self-help for treating mental health issues.

    Hopefully putting more money into researching and treating mental health issues can reduce both drug abuse and theft resorted to those abusing drugs, while getting better help to those suffering with mental health issues.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 5:05 p.m.

    It makes me wonder how much this guy has put in the pot? I don't have a lot of trust in the way these people try to get money.......

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 2:53 a.m.

    Mental health is being created in the schools and no amount of money can stop the nazi's programing and poisoning our children minds with Marxist communist propaganda that goes against everything the United States stands for by the meaning of freedom and free will and free choice is a right.

    There is no mental illness in our population, its all a hoax and propaganda ploy because freedom and liberty are the opposite of what Communism is. Marxist communist are calling freedom and free will a mental disorder contradicting communist rules and communist government controls.

    And its all done in the beginning of children's lives from cradle to the first 20 years of their lives by the schools and communist board of education created by Obama for this very reason.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 4:53 p.m.

    Most Republications, during campaign times, talk of balancing the budget and saving taxpayers their hard earned money. But, it isn't long before they are at harking for $MILLIONS and MILLIONS, just like the Democrats. Yes, there are many important causes, and this might be one of them. But, congressman, there really is a limit to all the money that pours into federal vaults. It's past time for you and the other elitists to show some fiscal restraint.

  • Selznik Saint George, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    More funding for mental health care is laudable. But with the federal budget deficit increased by the tax cut the Republicans came up with, there’s no money left for things like that.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 4:13 p.m.

    I applaud the "millions more" in funding for mental healthcare.

    Of course; that isn't even a drop in the bucket for what is needed; unless or until we pass meaningful True Healthcare Reform.

    Mental Health Care is second only to cancer treatment in cost. The cheapest therapists charge $250 per hour (last I looked five years ago, probably more now). And out-patient behavioral treatment is minimum one hour per week; while in-patient treatment is 24/7.

    Keeping in mind that we are talking who can least afford care or even insurance, 80% unemployment; and the rest are clearly underpaid.

    At current prices; the US would need to spend literally in the trillions of dollars annually if we were to even begin to address the mental health problems our country faces.

    Of course, the government already spends that and to spare on the current "war on drugs" in the form of police and jail systems. If we decriminalized drug abuse and treated it as the medical problem addiction really is; we would have funding and to spare (even at the current level of price gouging).

    If we did that along with passing meaningful Healthcare Reform to bring the costs down, our efforts would go much further.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 3:41 p.m.

    AC_68 - Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 1:10 p.m.
    "Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:57 a.m.
    Chris Stewart should start seeking mental health care for his hero-Donald j. Trump."

    This kind of tripe is what gets the green light from the moderators at the Deseret News? For shame.
    Mental illness is a very serious, grave issue and shouldn't be given up to inflammatory comments like what's above."

    Mental illness is a grave issue. Especially when in charge of our country. If your company's CEO, your parent or your kid behaved as erratic as Trump, you'd demand they were seen by professionals.

  • AC_68 Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    "Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:57 a.m.
    Chris Stewart should start seeking mental health care for his hero-Donald j. Trump."

    This kind of tripe is what gets the green light from the moderators at the Deseret News? For shame.
    Mental illness is a very serious, grave issue and shouldn't be given up to inflammatory comments like what's above.

  • InsideSource Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:22 p.m.

    "Access to suicide prevention resources is critical."

    It's so critical to Utah and its near highest in the nation suicide rate that Rep. Stewart proudly crows about his > 40 votes to eliminate mental #healthcare as an essential benefit of insurance.

    How does that help his constituents?

    #NotUTValues #utpol #WordsAreCheap

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:05 p.m.

    Good for him.

    Mental health is so important and it should be on equal footing of physical health.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:01 p.m.

    I am TOTALLY and completely on board for MORE money going to mental health care.

    My only concern with our spend,spend,spend congress is that they reduce some spending to other programs (defense?)in order to compensate.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    Chris Stewart should start seeking mental health care for his hero-Donald j. Trump.