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Letter: Better model for mental health

Re “Resurrecting haunting memories” (Monitor Forum, March 14):

I have fond memories of working at Cornerstone House, which was run by Lakes Region Mental Health. This was a psychosocial program for clients with serious mental health issues which was well-regarded in the community. The program consisted of a psychiatrist, case managers, a group home, a thrift shop, a vending business and a clubhouse where each morning clients participated in a meeting, with staff, to talk about the day and issues involving the group. Lunch was prepared and served, and clients were involved in everything. My recollection is that Cornerstone House was a place of great caring, support and encouragement, a place where clients were “held” and valued for their individuality, personalities, and yes, quirkiness. Then it all changed – in whose best interest?

CAROLYN SHERMAN

Concord

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