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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Jail is the Last Thing That Mental Patients Need

Hello Friends! INVITATIONS FOR YOU! (10 links)

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JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. Support Congressional bill H.R.619 to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatient care. No one deserves to be punished for having a disability. Equal justice!

Many people do not know that insurance for mental hospitals was not included in the national health plan bill that Congress passed in March 2010. YOUR help is needed to decriminalize mental illness in America. Sick people deserve treatment in hospitals or community care depending on their ability to live outside a controlled environment, not imprisonment. We have another chance! Federal bill H.R.619 was introduced in Congress in January 2009 by Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX) to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatients. Elimination of Medicaid for mental hospital insurance several decades ago led to today's crisis: 1.25 million mentally ill inmates in America, including 60% of the people enduring solitary confinement torture. Consider this quote:

"In a world with so much to be done, I thought there must be something for me to do." ~ Dorothea L. Dix, human rights advocate of the 1800's, responsible for the first generation of mental hospitals in America.

Please VOTE for H.R.619 to replace prisons w/ hospitals for acute mental patients. The link below will take you to OpenCongress.org where you can say to our elected officials, “We care about the least of these, His brethren: naked, sick prisoners.” (Matt.25:36) http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/show

AGREE WITH ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL MEMBERS:  JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL PATIENTS NEED. MONEY THAT IS WASTED ON PUNISHING PEOPLE FOR BEING SICK BY EXPENSIVE PRISON TERMS SHOULD BE USED INSTEAD TO RESTORE THEM TO WHOLESOME LIVES IN DECENT, SECURE MENTAL HOSPITALS OR COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAMS, DEPENDING ON THEIR OFFENSES AND FUNCTIONALITY. 

You are invited to assist this justice quest.  It is time for Americans to denounce and abandon the Dark Age practice of locking mentally ill people away in dungeons.  That is discriminatory and mean.  Mental illness is a chronic health condition that requires continual care like diabetes and heart failure.  Treatment restores lives, increases community safety, and reduces the nation's prison budget, which is currently over $50 billion per year. 

Visit and join Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill at Care2 Network at this link: http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI  and invite your friends to visit my blog at http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/  for justice news regarding mentally ill victims and other poor and working class exploited people. We must care for the sick and elderly; repeal capital punishment; stop excessive sentencing and wrongful convictions; respect human and civil rights. I look forward to reading your viewpoints in the comments.

Blessings!

Mary Neal

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