Friday, June 22, 2018
Stephanie Knight, Administrative Director at Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, Nebraska - Interviewed by the The Huffington Post
“People with mental illness will present in the ER because they don’t know what else to do,” said Stephanie Knight, a licensed independent mental health practitioner.
But even when a rural area does have some mental health workers, they alone usually can’t address the entire population’s needs. Many residents are uninsured or underinsured, and can’t afford regular treatment. Residents may have to travel dozens of miles to get to the nearest town where a therapist works, and may not have access to transportation. Some therapists have irregular office hours and may only visit town a few days a month. The inconsistency can be a deterrent to patients.