In regard to the recent series "After Mayview" (Sept. 22-29), I have to say the woefully low pay throughout the community mental health system must be included as an important part of the system that is broken and needs to be fixed. A master's degree is often a mandatory requirement for many of the professional therapeutic and clinical positions that provide group and individual psychotherapy to people with severe and persistent mental illness. Those advanced degrees are no less expensive than any other required for another field. But you'll be quoted an average salary of $35,000.
This makes recruitment and retention of staff a very difficult challenge. And in the community mental health system, it is the relationship that heals. To not pay a living, adequate and competitive wage is yet another tragedy on an already too long list of a grossly underfunded system.
The writer works in the mental health field.