Letter: Need for mental-health programs in Eagle County is ‘astonishing’ | VailDaily.com

Letter: Need for mental-health programs in Eagle County is ‘astonishing’

Ballot Issue 1A will allow for the addition of more resources and promote access to mental health resources in Eagle County. There is a clear absence of resources within the county to care for patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more. If 1A is passed, the funding for the resources is generated from taxes placed only on recreational marijuana.

Nationally, uncontrollable small and big mental-health problems in individuals have the potential to create an unforgettable impact on a community. As a medical provider in the Vail Valley, I see patients that need mental health care. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of patients' needs seem to be met in our county with its current resources, which includes Mind Springs Health and Mountain Family Health Care.

First responders such as policeman, firefighters and paramedics services tend to be utilized, and they are challenged because adequate resources are not available. There are no inpatient beds for mental health conditions in Eagle County. Visit http://www.mentalhealthvoteyes.com for the astonishing facts about the services.

Tania Engle

Physician assistant, Edwards