The Time is Now for the People We Serve

The months of anticipation are over, the lawn signs advertising support for candidates are coming down; when televisions are turned on, we no longer see an ad stating that one candidate is going to destroy America and the following commercial claiming otherwise. People can now breathe a sigh of relief as; the elections are over. Whether you are satisfied with the results or otherwise, we are Americans and we just exercised our right to engage in Democracy. No one was killed in the process, tanks did not roll out in the streets, the world did not stop revolving on its axis and the sun rose and set.¬† Our job now is to go back to being Americans and hopefully coming to an understanding that we are all in this together. We are responsible for solving our own issues and problems. Many people long for the days when our political system was not completely polarized and our leaders engaged in; “compromise”, where it is about the people that the elected officials are supposed to represent in our country. Not special interests, not a one sided political agenda but, true compromise, with a give and take agenda. That is the scenario where; neither party gets everything they want but, things get accomplished and issues get resolved that are supposed to make our country a better place to live in.

Mental health and addiction professionals awaited in anticipation, because the outcome of the election meant a different scenario under each candidate. With the president being reelected, the Affordable Care Act is in the works to be implemented. For mental health and addictions this proves promising for our constituents, especially with the inclusion of the Federal Parity Act; which could grant benefits, not previously experienced by persons with mental health and substance abuse disorders for many years. Depending on the states setting up an insurance exchanges or facilitating ones with the federal government, Medicaid expansion could be expanded at 133% Р138% of Poverty which would make many eligible for services through mental health or substance abuse treatment. The unfortunate deal is that some states have not been inclusive of this benefit in their plan. This could cause severe financial stress to programs that have been marginalized by years worth of cuts due to the states financial hardships. Now is the time to advocate for the benefit with your representatives so they are protected for people who need them. Once a system has been destroyed, there is typically no rebuilding it. Programs that were grandfathered in with zoning laws could not afford to rebuild, people who have sat back and watched a system implode typically have no desire to recreate it and, once destroyed, it can not be rebuilt at the same cost as when it first was built. So again, this is the time to advocate for persons with mental health and substance abuse disorders  so that we can have a healthcare system that will be proud of for years to come. We owe it to the people that we serve, we owe it to their families and we owe it to the communities that the people live in. A healthy society benefits us all.

Some have adopted the notion that these people brought their problems on themselves. The problem with that line of thinking is that people will get their needs met one way or another. If we do not treat mental illness we have untreated people that engage in criminal activity and we pay for them in jails or other forms of incarceration. We also pay for them when they show up in the emergency rooms and receive uncompensated care. People that live with mental illness have a life expectancy that is 25 years less than the average population. Pay me now, or pay me later; a healthy society does benefit us all.

October Happenings at Harbor Hall

Harbor Hall’s residential makeover continues. The dining room is completely finished and now has a washable floor in case of food spillage. We have also completed tiling the food pantry area, one bathroom and have moved on to dorm bathroom number two, to tile the floor, walls and showers. Tile will keep any water from going through the ceiling from the second floor and there are floor drains which also help to shed water. We are in the process of fixing up the night tech office that will include a service window for the administration of medications and shelves so the office will be neat and organized. Our next project will be to continue painting the residential dorm area and installing new furniture in the patient bedrooms. We have purchased heavy duty furniture that is currently used in the dorm of Hope College and our local Community College. We were impressed with the longevity of the furniture. It has a lifetime warranty. It has been in the dorm for 30 years at Hope College and we believe that it will look good and wear well. Our bedrooms will have new beds with a padded headboard and individual lighting so that patients can read in bed without disturbing other patients in the room. We have also fixed a few of the roofs on our residential building as well.

We also planted a commemorative tree in honor of long time foundation board member, Bob Ford, as he has just recently resigned from the board. We thank him for his many years of service and wish him well in his future endeavors.

As we move from summer to fall and the colder part of the year, think of what has changed in the life of a loved one who is struggling with the disease of addiction. The weather has gotten colder. The problem with the life of the addict is, without treatment, life becomes stagnant and the addict experiences the sameness that they always feel. Treatment gives the person an opportunity to live drug and alcohol free and move forward in their life.

Harbor Hall has started to take in many private pay patients because of our affordability versus many of the other private treatment centers in the State of Michigan. Please look at our cost comparison page and see the difference of our costs versus many other long term treatment facilities. If you have any questions concerning admissions, please call our Executive Director, Terry Newton at (888)-880-5511.


EMDR with Dr. Andrew M. Leeds

Why EMDR Works

Pat McGinn; Director of Clinical Operations for Harbor Hall is a skilled EMDR Therapist. We utilize EMDR to deal with trauma that keeps clients stuck. EMDR is a good orientation model that helps to get the client beyond the stuck phase and moving forward in to recovery. Pat utilizes this orientation in residential and outpatient treatment at Harbor Hall.