Regarding the Jan. 24 Under the Dome item “Panel looks at mental health care”: Gov. Pat McCrory’s comments to the task force on mental health and substance abuse were disheartening.
McCrory wants to be a leader in “dealing” with the mental health issue. He said, “They are in our emergency rooms, under our bridges, ... stealing, harming themselves and family members, ... in our jails or state prison.”
McCrory’s language is appropriate to describe an infestation of cockroaches or bedbugs and devoid of compassion or recognition that he is discussing human beings.
We have a lot of people and families in North Carolina who are suffering, and not in the least due to legislative policies that relentlessly dismantled mental health care and service. They now want control.
Task force members were “taken aback” to learn that they are expected to lobby the legislature to approve their recommendations. Jack Register, from NAMI, expressed concern that “the work is not going anywhere.” That’s a sure bet in North Carolina.
Perhaps McCrory intends to reconvene a task force from the pest control industry to remove this infestation. Apparently he does not envision a system that would actually help these North Carolinians, who, after all, suffer from an illness.