Local Mental Health Advocate Sheds Light on Funding Crisis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — To avoid a lost generation of children with mental and health problems, it will take additional funding.

That from Doctor Fred Rotnek an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Louis University. He has worked in St. Louis County with juveniles in detention for more than a decade

“Their baseline for what may be considered normal behavior is so different from what we’re use to. And because of that it makes understanding these kinds of behaviors or actions almost incomprehensible,” said Dr. Rotnek.

He says the task ahead will demand more people who are professionally trained.

He also points to the fact that people who are incarcerated are the only population in the United States that has a constitutional right to health care, calling it ironic.

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