Supervisors Support Mental Health Care for the "Missing Middle"
On Tuesday, May 24, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the creation of a pilot program to ensure the “missing middle” have access to outpatient mental health treatment (motion by County Supervisor Joe Simitian, second by County Supervisor Otto Lee). The missing middle are residents who earn a bit too much to qualify for Medi-Cal, but do not have access to good commercial insurance or cannot pay for care out of pocket.
“The mental health needs of the missing middle in our health care system have been overlooked for far too long,” said Simitian. “This new effort will help folks who need mental health help access affordable outpatient services. It’s good for patients, good for families, and good for our community. We ought to close the gap that has allowed too many people to slip through the cracks.”