LOWELL, MA – June 3, 2015 — The Greater Lowell Health Alliance (www.greaterlowellhealthalliance.org ), State Representative Thomas A. Golden, and local, regional and state leaders invite the public to attend a Mental Health Roundtable Discussion to address the state of mental health services in the region.

The roundtable will be held Friday, June 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell.

“The most recent Greater Lowell Community Health Needs Assessment identified mental health and substance abuse issues as among the most urgent unmet needs threatening the health and quality of life in our region,” said Kerrie D’Entremont, Executive Director of the Greater Lowell Health Alliance. “This roundtable is a critical step in the important discussion on how we can work together to address this crisis in our communities.”

Presenters at the roundtable include clinicians, social workers, and administrators from Greater Lowell mental health providers, schools, social services, and the criminal justice system.

The roundtable discussion will include issues and concerns raised by mental health outpatient clinics and providers in a recent survey, including waitlists for clients seeking mental health services and medication management; difficulty hiring and retaining qualified staff; language barriers; lack of communication among providers, resulting in duplication of services; and intensity of cases requiring extended time.

Providers are seeking to work with legislators and other providers to facilitate changes to ensure quality, accessible outpatient services to those in need.

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance–comprised of healthcare providers, business leaders, educators, civic and community leaders–plays a critical role in helping individuals and organizations collaboratively improve the health of Greater Lowell region. By raising awareness and providing resources, the Alliance empowers community organizations to make decisions and take actions that will lead to an improvement in the region’s health.