You have Options for Medicaid Treatment

This past year, local news has covered the evolving status of Valley Mental Health and its Medicaid-based services for those in our community with mental health issues. For over 20 years, Valley Mental Health was the model of mental health care and widely recognized for its innovative programming, its staff and its model of client care. More recently, the news about Valley Mental Health has centered on the various changes with a more negative portrayal. Being a former employee, I know personally that many individuals and their families have benefitted from the support and services provided by Valley Mental Health and I hope this history will not be ignored. Change is inevitable in all things and while this can raise anxiety, change can also yield positive results. During this time of change, I would hope that professionals in the community would continue collaboration rather than competition and remain focused on how best to serve clients and their families. If you are a Medicaid consumer and you need mental health counseling, there are resources available in Salt Lake County in addition to those still being provided by Valley Mental Health, some of which are listed on the OptumHealth website or can be accessed by calling the phone number on your Medicaid card. Let’s work together for good mental health.

Mark A. Weisbender, LCSW
Silverado Counseling Services, LLC


(this comment was posted on the City Weekly website in response to an article posted 11/07/12 “Valley Mental Health program freezes access to new Optum client”)