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D. J. Jaffe
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Sad to say we need something changed. T he forensic patients are allowed to refuse medication and it takes 3 months to get meds over objection but with the new social justice we now bargain with people that are destroying the wards and assaulting staff and patients. People who are deemed not responsible for serious crimes can now call the NYS Justice Center and law abiding citizens now fight for their jobs. Anything is considered abuse the word No is considered abuse.Closure might bring change because what we have now is country clubs for the not responsible.
Ridiculous idea to close what psych. hospitals are left. It's purely a money grab that needs to be stopped. I recall back in the 1960s when "Deinstitutionalization" was started. It became the main reason for the upswing of the mentally ill being arrested in the first place. The criminal justice system isn't capable of handling the mentally disturbed.
The damage is already done to the remaining state hospitals - they have been mostly rendered ineffective by the same groups that want to close them and take over. Research what's going on and see...
As a mother of a son who suffers from schizophrenia (who is now back in jail awaiting trial for a crime that could have been avoided), I think the system's treatment of mental illness seems to be going backward. My son was fortunate enough to spent over a year at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, NY, where they finally regulated his meds. If regulating his meds had been mandated to begin with, the crime wouldn't have occurred. The ripple effects of what happened have been devasting to so many; has money always trumped humanity?
I urge Governor Como to reconsider his closing of more psychiatric hospitals in NYS. Local communities are not provided the necessary resources and funding to care for those released or unable to obtain in-patient care
The governor is not taking in consideration how the citizen can be affected by his desicion to closed State Psychiaric Hospital. Keep in mind that a person with mental illnes can be anybody reguardles social class, color, gender, or life style. Governor Cuomo you are thinking about making money for the rich and not about compassion for the needy mentally ill people,which could be your family member, too. The different is that your family member can pay a private psychiaric hospital.
1970's all over again. The left closed the
mental institutions promising neighborhood
housing and care that they never funded.
They then spent the cash on pet programs
that bought them votes. There is no crueler
pirate than a lefty on a "we're here to help"
klepto run.
We have the same problem in Illinois. Only the people who want to close the hospitals want the real estate the hospitals are located on. Originally located in outer areas, the land is very valuable now with the growth of suburbia. There are acres and acres of prime residential and commercial real estate to be had. It's all about the politics and money.
Too many decision-makers turn a blind eye to the most difficult problems. The Catholic Church did not deal with abusing priests. Governor Cuomo turns a blind eye to the needs of seriously mentally ill citizens.

This is simply willful blindness. The biggest threats and dangers we face aren't secret or hidden. They are the ones we choose to overlook
To the best of my knowledge,there is not one correction officer in NYS that holds a degree in psychology. Yet, on a daily basis, they are being confronted by more and more mentally ill inmates.
The vicious-circle effect is: inmate does everything from throwing urine and feces on us to cutting up, attempted or successful suicides, assaults both major and minor.
No matter if a major or minor offense is committed, the officer remains professional and writes said mentally ill inmate up on the infraction.
He/she is then told that the written report will not stand up as the inmate is mentally ill.
What do you think the officer will do the next time around?
No, he/she is a professional therefore they will not write a report nor will they take it out on the individual.
They will grow more frustrated in an already thankless job, they may drink a bit more, they may be grouchier at home, they may just say "the hell with it."
Up to and until the mentally ill inmate actually hurts a fellow officer.
We, as officers are already targeted by a vast population who, given the chance, would be happy to see us dead.
How are we supposed to deal with those who don't even know that what they are doing is wrong?
Jennifer Valentine February 15, 2014 at 3:12 AM
Dorothea Dix
Nurse
Dorothea Lynde Dix was an American activist on behalf of the indigent insane who, through a vigorous program of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress, created the first generation of American mental asylums.

She knew what she was talking about!
http://www.ushistory.org/us/26d.asp
Cuomo should get his lazy ass down to Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center on Long Island in person and not by proxy.If he could only see the mental health history of the children that Sagamore serves/treats it would be a rude awakening!
What's wrong with state insurance and voucher programs to finance asylums? Why must the services asylums offer be provided by public agency?
I can tell you that when a psychiatric hospital in my general area was closed by the state and a local personal care home took in several of these patients as residents that the results were disasterous. One patient had a very infective microbe and the staff despite their best effort could not get him to cooperate with basic hygiene. Another patient's ability to manipulate the staff and healthcare systems taxed the abilities of the staff, myself, and emergency services to the maximum. I must say, however, that several of the transfers did adapt to the new setting. I cannot say what the needed number of hospitals is for the state of New York but they serve for many patients as a home where they can live more decently and healthily than the outside world can provide. Thank you for speaking up for the needs of our unfortunate fellow men and women. Doctor in Pennsylvania (name withheld)
First rate article.

This should be the model for CJ publications related to managing government programs.