UB Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Grants Lifeline for Future Health Force in the ‘Stone City’

UB Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Grants Lifeline for Future Health Force in the ‘Stone City’

Mental health and substance abuse compounds at crisis proportions in cities across the United States. From the West Coast to the East Coast and in between, urban areas become polarized places, with resurgences in many places for the educated and well-placed, but with rising land values and real estate prices, homelessness goes to record highs. In an environment like this, one where it’s the best of times or the worst, depending on one’s vantage point, mental health issues combined with substance abuse disorder erupt in a contagion confounding and dividing health systems and law enforcement, while the political class continues on despite gridlock and few positive results. The old industrial city of Buffalo, New York, is no different. With the region experiencing an economic resurgence, pockets of poverty in the city, and some downtrodden suburbs remind all of what the new reality, accentuated by the pandemic, represents. With growing numbers of mentally ill people confounding, the wealthiest economy on the planet has no real system, comprehensive way or even driving morals-based value system to deal with such an accumulated social and healthcare crisis. Any research addressing this...

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