Improving Mental Health Treatment

More can be done to help the mentally ill in West Virginia – and to safeguard others from those who become violently unbalanced. Policy makers and mental health professionals seem to agree on that.

So what’s the next step? That is a trickier question. It should be on the agenda for a conference scheduled Sept. 17-19 in Charleston.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the event, the Integrated Behavioral Health Conference, is the first of its kind ever held in the state. It will attract professionals in behavioral health from throughout West Virginia, to discuss topics ranging from public awareness to evidence-based programs and practices.

One question conference participants should discuss is whether West Virginia uses the best available practices in mental health. We suspect the answer is not a consistent “yes” throughout the state. Both professionals in the field and state legislators should discuss how improvements can be made.