Navigation has been made easy in recent years with google maps, mapquest, and GPS technology. Unfortunately, there are no GPS devices to help consumers navigate the mental health system. It is not a one-way only, established route for every person. Everyone’s needs are a little different. Finding your way through the system can be a little like going through a maze or labyrinth. Add to that all the hurdles, hoops to jump, dead ends, and red tape and you can pretty much expect your already compromised stress level to soar to greater heights unknown.
I’ve been one of those desperate people scrambling my way through calls to various agencies, being passed back and forth to this clinic and that service and so on. Conflicting information is passed out, or somehow I found the service I needed only to find I didn’t qualify, had to go on a waiting list, or hit some other glitch. There are times also when services have been unsatisfactory and I had no clue where to go to get it taken care of. It was stress and humiliation I couldn’t afford.
I stated before that there are no GPS devices for the mental health system; however, Carolyn Glover, mental health Ombuds from TACID, plays the role of a human GPS to show consumers how to navigate through the system in her new Navigating the Mental Health System Class. When I heard this news I became very excited, and very grateful.
The mental health system in Pierce County has changed a great deal in the last four years. There have been a lot of positive changes. But like anything in life, it has it’s flaws and challenges as well, and navigating through them is still a major trial. I recently spoke with Ms. Glover, Mental Health Ombuds at TACID and she eagerly desires to help consumers through the process of finding services and resources, and where to file and resolve complaints or grievances. In her role as Ombuds, she can advocate for you and show you how to advocate for yourself. Personally, I consider her a godsend. If you are interested, here is the information you need to take the class:
Navigating the Mental Health System (a one time class)
Wednesdays from 11:00 to Noon
At TACID 6315 S. 19th St. Tacoma, WA
For more information you may call Carolyn Glover at 253-302-5311 or toll free at 1-800-531-0508
TACID is also having a Wellness and Peer Support Programs Open House on June 7th, 2013 Noon to 1:30 PM. Come and discover the positive, recovery, resiliency, wellness focused programs TACID has to offer.
Read more about TACID services and programs at:
TACID Blog and TACID website