From Tom Campbell of NC Spin on his blog:
From a post titled 'Dismantling the Dix Legacy: The End of Compassion'
Leaders may call this mental health reform, believing providers closer to their homes should care for the mentally ill, but reform theories are not yet supported by proof. Noting the bungled care and wasteful expenditures of the initial reforms our lawmakers have taken the axe to mental health funding, stating we have neither the money nor the willingness to house these patients in mental hospitals.
Advocates are scratching their heads over the insane logic which says we don’t have enough money to properly fund mental health care and treatment but we can find funding to abandon the Dix campus, which houses much of the Department of Health and Human Services in buildings the state long ago paid for, and rent one million square feet of additional office space around Raleigh. The frosting on this ill-baked cake is that the state is about to “sell” these 400 acres of prime Raleigh real estate to create a public park.
Like many, my family has a mentally ill relative and can testify to the lack of treatment and facilities for them. Those without insurance and in poor circumstances are at the mercy of hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes, which have neither the trained staff nor the facilities to adequately care for them. We are dismantling the Dorothea Dix legacy and appear to have come to the end of our compassion as a society, a sad commentary of our time.
Thanks for speaking out, Tom.