Quoting Misty Walls:" Well I just seen on the news that colorado is reevaluating their mental health programs. They're opening ... [snip!] ... opening 5 new crisis centers. But its sad that it took all these senseless killings before they decided to do anything"
But there are multiple psychiatric crisis centers within a reasonable distance from here.
They see you.
If they determine that you need more help, they pass you along into a hospital, which reevalutes you.
If it is determined that you need inpatient care, you are checked into an inpatient center, where you see someone else. They usually run some physical tests, and then you speak to a psychiatrist for 5 minutes, and they put you on medication.
You may see the psychiatrist once more before you leave the inpatient center (it's generally a few days that most people are kept in inpatient).
Then they say, hey, here's another program for outpatient.
You go to the outpatient program, meet with a different psychiatrist for 5 minutes, they give you different medications.
You just basically get passed down the line until you give up, in many cases, without the help you need. Unless it's something that a quick fix will help for. But if you have a mental illness-- none of this will help. IMO.