I live in NH, a state in which funding for community mental health support is scarce and only getting scarcer thanks to the proposed budget from our currently “insane” State Legislature. Because of the paucity of outpatient mental health resources in our communities, it is not uncommon for people who don’t need to be institutionalized, to be institutionalized. This is not the 1850’s. This is the State of New Hampshire, in 2011.
Many people are unhappy with the current proposed budget from the State Legislature. The reasons are many, but it is fairly clear that the budget was crafted 50/50 from concerns about the budget…and partisan, ideological shenanigans. You have to remember that NH is a state ripe with Free-Staters and other assorted stripes of Libertarian. And while I, personally, actually agree with many of their ideals, I am a practical person who is willing to bow to certain realities. Institutionalizing people who don’t need to be there is beyond wrong. “Families” and “churches” aren’t going to make people sane again. (I should add that there’s a weird neo-con element at play here that has gotten all mixed up in the Libertarian ideals…it makes no sense but hey, maybe I just don’t get it because I’m a “liberal”. Hmm. Wait, nope, it actually doesn’t make any sense, lol.).
If the NH Legislature has its way, we will lose funding for all kinds of things that make many people’s lives worth living, including significant funding for community mental health support– support which was already lacking.
I’m delighted this morning to read that the Federal government agrees! I’m not given to delight over Federal government intervention, but in this instance I am–why do we even have government if not to protect the weakest among us. We are all only as strong as our weakest citizen.
Per the Concord Monitor, The AG’s office has gone so far as to state that they will be compelled to sue the State of NH if the lack of community mental health resources in our state continues to be a problem.
As someone who currently utilizes these services (because I have only intermittently had insurance in the past several years) and who has seen friends suffer needlessly because they cannot get access to either the money, the insurance, or the availability of these services, I have never been more in love with Federal government than I am right now.
Hyperbole? I have ADHD, I do everything emphatically.