CapstoneMilestone1.docx - Running Head Milestone One Overview of Community and Problem Capstone Milestone Two Tiffany Alexander Southern New Hampshire

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Running Head: Milestone One: Overview of Community and Problem 1 Capstone: Milestone Two Tiffany Alexander Southern New Hampshire University November 16, 2019
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Milestone One: Overview and Problem 2 Overview of Community and Problem As I grew up in a small town in north east Texas, I remember distinctly my grandfather telling me that alcoholism wasn’t a real thing. If a person refused to make the choice to help themselves that they are lazy bums, who don’t really deserve help or respect. Furthermore, there wasn’t any talk of helping people who were mentally ill. Only discussions of “sticking them in the funny farm.” The beliefs that surround mental health and addiction are still very prevalent in some areas of Texas, and those beliefs cost people their lives. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reported that between 1999- 2010 the number of deaths due to overdosing rose 78%. In 2012, the state of Texas ranked last in our nation for public funding of mental health spending at just $36.00 per person for the year. (Texas Ranks Last. 2012) This lack of demonstrates what priority mental health care of Texans ranked in 2012, and a lack of understanding of the problem as a whole. In 2018, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services granted a 27.5 million dollar grant to help improve the mental health care for people in the criminal justice system as well as community mental health care agencies. (Texas Awards Millions 2018) This huge accomplishment in funding for mental health care in Texas, was so beneficial to helping more psychiatric patients access both addiction treatment and mental health treatment. However, these grants were met with resistance in large part due to misinformation about the people who suffer with mental illness and those with substance use disorder. The stigma surrounding mental health and addiction is not something that has gone away with time. One of the major factors contributing to these stigmas in Texas is a lack of education on the topic. Studies have shown that many people in Texas mainly associate addiction with homelessness. (Transcend Texas 2019) This bit of misinformation is not
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