Letters to the New York Post May 20, 2012
Kendra’s Law relies on court- ordered care, and extending it is opposed by over 15 statewide advocacy groups and will needlessly raise state and county taxes by at least $30 million (“Ignoring NY’s Most Ill,” PostOpinion, Catherine Young & Aileen Gunther, May 17).
A better approach is to back new programs designed by the governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team to make our mental-health services more effective.
Already approved by state legislators, they show impressive results and can help up to a million vulnerable people.
One such program makes sure that hospitals come up with better discharge plans.
Another ensures that teams of providers stay closely involved to help avoid relapse-related crises.
The Medicaid Design Team’s programs are making New York a national leader and are a much better alternative to expanding Kendra’s Law.
Harvey Rosenthal, Member, Medicaid Redesign Team, Albany