As the behavioral health consultant at Valley Community Health Centers, I was excited that caregiver support was one of the primary issues discussed at the most recent legislative interim committee meeting focusing on human services needs in North Dakota. Many of those who devote themselves to the act of caregiving for a chronically ill loved one describe their experience as something they are absolutely willing to do, but still find it challenging to say the least.
As the behavioral health consultant for Valley Community Health Centers, I was both encouraged and discouraged by a recent legislative interim committee meeting discussing behavioral health needs in North Dakota. As news stories have described, there still is a great need for quality behavioral health services in North Dakota. The cost of not having these services is significant, both in terms of the negative financial impact and how it affects the quality of life of North Dakotans. One of the topics at the committee meeting was how behavioral health is involved in the primary care setting.