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View Diary: "I Won't Mess Up Anymore!", a desperate child pleads (Updated) (151 comments)

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  •  Bedlam is on the streets (7+ / 0-)

    instead of in an institution, these days.

    •  Since Reagan, mental health care has been (5+ / 0-)

      given short shrift.

      I'm old enough to remember when the mentally ill were in hospitals and 'homes.'  Then came Reagan, budget cuts, a whole different uncaring attitude and the streets had tons of homeless suddenly showing up where we hadn't had any before.

      They had not always been homeless.  Most had been housed (yes, yes, often not in a good way) in institutions.   At least they had food, clothing and shelter.

      I understand the civil rights part of "locking people up," but it's hard to understand that we have the balance right between "locking people up" and "homeless, starving and freezing."  

      Somewhere, there have to be workable solutions.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:30:44 PM PST

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