Danbury Hospital not meeting mental health needs for our youth
I write this letter as a former teacher, counselor, school principal and pupil services coordinator for Danbury Public Schools. During my tenure in Danbury, I have had numerous opportunities to work with some of the most vulnerable youth in our schools. I am so very appreciative of the support staff that works wonders for these students and have personally been involved in some of the most at risk cases. However, on many occasions, our school staff just isn’t enough support for some of our most vulnerable students.
I write this letter to plead with Danbury Hospital that they look at the lack of psychiatric care that they offer to teens in Danbury. On so many instances, children who have significant mental illness who visit the Crisis Intervention unit at Danbury Hospital, are released and told to follow up with their family doctor or therapist.
Many years ago, Danbury Hospital used to have an inpatient ward for adolescents that would provide both immediate and long term mental health care. I would hate to think that the reason this no longer exists is due to the fact that psychiatric care isn’t a big money maker for the hospital. How horrible would that be?
Our youth with mental health needs should be able to get the care they need at their hometown hospital. Releasing youth who are vulnerable is incredibly dangerous as we have seen this past week. Our children deserve more and deserve better.
Danbury Hospital needs to re-look at the lack of inpatient services they offer to our children and provide them with the safety net they deserve. For some, their life depends upon it.
Sandra Arconti Atanasoff