SPECIAL REPORT: Insane. Invisible. In danger.
Florida cut $100 million and laid off hundreds of workers at its state-funded mental hospitals. Patients and staff paid the price. Preview of a special investigation by the Herald-Tribune and Tampa Bay Times.
The complete video is available from this link:
Should you find it too disturbing to watch, the story can be found at this link:
Overseeing the mentally ill is not $14 per hour work – double that and you’d be closer to a fair wage. Working more than occasional double shifts in a mental health facility is simply not acceptable; the work is too physically and emotionally taxing. Medical personnel in a mental health facility that cannot recognize a Traumatic Brain Injury (in the absence of being specifically informed of a head injury) are too inexperienced to work alone … the signs are straightforward, and headbanging among the mentally ill is all too common.
I could go on and on, but the details of Florida’s deadly mental health care all lead to the same conclusion that the details of Florida’s deadly lock-ups lead to … our legislative, executive and judicial branches are in sync, and they’re corrupt: Rick Scott’s administration has cranked up the crony capitalism misappropriations beyond Jeb Bush’s levels, and that – folks – is saying something.
Again, I ask that readers sign and share this petition. The majority of Floridians are being harmed by Scott’s administration, and many aren’t surviving the harm. Thank you.