Letter: Support the Student Loan Repayment Program | Letters to the Editor
Helping those who provide vital mental health care
To the Editor: My name is Sarah Trabucco and I am an Exercise Science student, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Keene State College Health Professions Club. I am also an emergency paramedic for Diluzio Ambulance and Harrisville Fire Department. Diluzio Ambulance serves 15 towns in Cheshire County and has primary 911 contracts in six towns. In a short time I have worked with many great providers and we have seen a large and growing number of psychiatric patients in crisis.
The main concern I have, as well as other EMS service providers, is that mental health facilities are scarce in Cheshire County. There are simply not enough providers capable of treating the number of psychiatric patients, and those in crisis are not receiving the appropriate level of care they need when they need it most. Instead, EMS service providers like me have to transport patients from Cheshire Medical Center to Hampstead Hospital, about an hour and 45 minutes away.
I urge the state to open a mental hospital unit at Cheshire Medical Center, provide nurses with training to support patients in need of psychiatric care, and employ psychiatric nurses. This will eliminate the need for transportation between facilities and provide easily accessible care for children and adults in Cheshire County who need it.
In an effort to attract and retain our healthcare workforce, I urge lawmakers to support the student loan repayment program for healthcare professionals working in medically underserved areas and adequate Medicaid repayment rates.