Breaking News on Mental Health
Odom is a very capable individual, but there is wide-spread belief that mental health reform in NC has been botched. I have the utmost respect for Ms. Odom and wish her well in her new position as President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a health policy foundation based on New York.
Odom's departture gives Governor Easley an opportunity to shake the etch-a-sketch and start over. I was speaking to a county commissioner from the western part of the state yesterday who described the state's mental health system as being "in total collapse." I agree. There are many reasons for the current situation, and we shouldn't blame one or two people for what's gone wrong. But the change in leadership at DHHS gives us a chance to realistically address the problems with mental health reform.