I think that feeling of "we won, what do we do now?" is present among many of us who have been working for the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative and the Children's Mental Health Campaign. We won a lot last year, but the legislative and judicial victories need to be implemented in order for us to see results. Meanwhile, I still have patients with anxiety disorder who I can't get to into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and kids with multiple medications who should see a psychiatrist, and families that just don't believe that it is possible to do anything that will make a difference in their child's life. So, while it will take a while to establish the committees and develop the protocols and figure out the paperwork that will allow children with mental illness to be appropriately managed, we need to get started with the task.
Tomorrow, the Worcester Mental Health Network is meeting to discuss how we can begin to build culturally competent, accessible levels of care. We will see how it goes.