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WSU psychiatry professor's op ed examining mental health care published

January 7, 2013

Dr. Gerald A. Shiener, assistant professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University, wrote an opinion piece calling for modernizing the old Northville Psychiatric Hospital site into a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital for long-term care. He wrote: "That would certainly benefit people in desperate need of psychiatric care not available in the community…As a psychiatrist who has worked at a community mental health center for more than 30 years, I can attest to the unavailability of needed services for mentally ill people and addicted who are indigent. We pay for those needy individuals in the corrections system and in the overburdened emergency medical system at a cost of triple or quadruple of the cost of appropriate community services and long-term care.