In October of 2013, Dr. Roberts was a guest on INSIGHTS, an in-depth news program on Hawaii Public Television. He was invited to serve as an expert on inpatient mental health, adding a doctor’s insight into the crisis of mental health service shortages for the severly ill in Hawaii. He joined three other panelists in a discussion to shed light on some of the issues we face particularly on Oahu with limited resources, and some of the obstacles faced by mental health providers in the struggle to provide care to the most acute patients.
Official PBS Description:
“Budget cuts during Hawaii’s economic downturn have taken a toll on government support services for the mentally ill. Hospitals, public safety and social service agencies have jumped in to fill the gap in behavioral health services, but are these public and private efforts enough? On the next INSIGHTS, we ask, “What is the state of mental health care in Hawaii?”
Malia Mattoch hosts a panel with scheduled guests: Jerry Coffee, Clinical Director, Institute for Human Services; Mark Fridovich, Administrator, Adult Mental Health Division, Hawaii Department of Health; Marya Grambs, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Hawaii; and Dr. Jeremy Roberts, Psychiatrist, Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health.”