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  •  I rec'd it because it is true (13+ / 0-)

    People with severe mental illness always come last, and they are the most dependent upon government.  Charity and churches aren't going to help this population - it is a government responsibility.

    So many severely mentally ill are caught in a revolving door in and out of jail.  That will remain the case until our society recognizes that one of the costs of civilization is the cost of caring for persons with severe mental illness.

    I see this whole thing as a tragedy.  It's necessary to charge police with serious crimes when warranted, and in this case the charges certainly seem warranted. But in the absence of good comprehensive mental health services, these sorts of confrontations and tragedies will keep occurring.  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 12:36:31 PM PDT

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