ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Bernalillo County Commissioner talked with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden about carrying more emotional well-being assets to New Mexico.
District 5 County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty said tending to wrongdoing and vagrancy begins with tending to psychological wellness.
“And not everyone started out with a good life. A lot of people have trauma in their background and so when that goes untreated, people act out sometimes in bad ways,” Pyskoty said.
Commissioner Pyskoty, who is an authorized specialist, talked with Dr. Biden during her visit to New Mexico a week ago. She asked the principal woman for help to address the deficiency of psychological well-being suppliers in New Mexico.
“You know, she was really receptive. It just sort of clicked with her,” Pyskoty said. “She understood it right away, and I believe she made a comment about how she understood there was a big need for mental health providers.”
As per the State Health and Human Services Department, New Mexico just has enough specialists to deal with 13% of the state’s psychological well-being necessities.
“Well I can tell you both as a therapist and commissioner that there is a huge need for behavioral health professional across the spectrum so psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors,” the commissioner said.
Pyskoty said Dr. Biden revealed to her she needed to get together to address the issue.
“And then she said to me ‘Why don’t you work on that and contact my office and work with my office’ and as soon as I walked away one, of her staffers walked up to me and said here is my card, here is my e-mail, contact me,” she said.
The magistrate said if the White House and Dr. Biden can help, more individuals would join to work in conduct wellbeing.
“Just a good marketing campaign. I think if the first lady and White House really kind of pushed that as a priority as something that we need, then it might strike up some interests in people to think about, maybe I should go into a mental health profession,” Pyskoty said.
Chief Pyskoty additionally recommended credit pardoning for individuals going into the psychological wellness field.
“…that if you go through a master’s program and get your master’s in counseling or social work or some other degree in mental health, that maybe every year you work in an underserved area, which New Mexico is, that it might knock a year off of your student loan debt,” she said.
Pyskoty said she made an impression on the White House and is looking out for a reaction.