I won’t go into too long a lecture about the stupidity of this proposal to close the NY State Psych Hospitals,
but someone in the psych industry needs to have his head examined.
De-insitutionalization of the mentally is was so stylish. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest got such an emphathetic response in the lefty idiot population.
So we ended up with people living on grates and causing themselves, their families and others much trouble and disruption, even getting killed, killing others, suffering or even dying from lack of supervision and drug abuse or other unattended medical problems.
So now the cost of the NY psych hospitals is the target and the “community resources” bunch proposes they can do it.
NOT. There are physical needs, medical needs and supervisory needs that cannot be met in the outpatient setting even by the most motivated of care givers. Besides these community programs are, to a great extent disabled by their philosophy of care. Close supervision and compulsory medications are necessary for a set of psych patients.
I have been involved close and far with community psych problems and inpatient is sometimes THE ONLY WAY.
People will get hurt if they and there will be a lot of misery if these idiots manage to convince the NY State Gov to close down essential psych inpatient services.