Today, it was announced by Western State Hospital (the state’s largest mental health institution), that-because of budget cutbacks-they are seriously considering RELEASING into our general population 100-200 patients suffering from dementia-and laying off a similar number of staff!!!!! On what planet does this extremely dangerous move gain the light of day??
The bottom line reason these patients live at Western State, is that they are prone to committing acts that are unsafe, unsanitary, and dangerous to conventional caregivers. They are not safe residents of a nursing home, relative-caregivers, or for in the homes of their families-therefore, they have been forced into the extreme step of incarceration at a mental hospital.
Seriously, to turn these people out-onto our streets, with no family or home to land in, is absolute lunacy on the very part of society that can stop this madness. As budget cuts become the “norm”…we had best think carefully about the “big picture”! With a minimum of public discussion, we are about to absorb a very dangerous group of mental health patients into OUR neighborhoods-where our children and loved ones WILL encounter them at some time…are YOU ready?