Peace be with you
One of the really hard things I often find myself doing is saying “told you so.” There was an article in yesterday’s Times Standard which said, “recent homeless counts conducted through out Humboldt County found that about 37 percent of the homeless population experience mental illness.” Now, when I think about all the times during the plan writing process, and after, telling Crandall there is no way 80% of the houseless are “mentally ill,” well, I told you so.
Now we are going to have a “homeless plan” which says 37% of our houseless are “mentally ill,” and a “mental health services act plan” which says we have 80%. Nobody spoke in support of the 80% guess, yet no one changed it either. Crandall gets Mental Health funding based on that 80% number. Worst though, Crandall honestly plans on doping 80% of the houseless.
Will Crandall update the fraudulent MHSAP? Or will Crandall let it ride, as he has done so far? What about all the other groups he has claimed needed “mental health services?” Are they really less than half of his current guestimate?
How much more shit has to go down before we see Crandall for the snake he is? I mean we have testimony from doctors, advocates, patients, and ex-employees that under Crandall our Mental Health department is violating laws, like intentional misdiagnosis, over-perscribing/medicating, isolating patients, and billing fraud. Now he’s caught padding the numbers on “plans” by an excess of 43 houseless people out of every 100.
He and his racket needs to be seriously investigated. He has run up the Mental Health budget from basically nothing to a quarter of our County budget. What is his justification? How many people has he doped? What happened to those people? How many of them resisted being doped? How many people have died since he started doping people? How many got diabetes? How many people were prescribed drugs that weren’t approved for the “mental illness” they were labeled with? How often are these people monitored? How much money is spent on dope? How many “perks” has Crandall gotten from the Pharmaceutical lobby?
I urge you to investigate this for yourself. Crandall has openly said that about 30,000 people in Humboldt County need “mental health services.” “Mental health services” means “California medication algorithm program,” which means DRUGS. Once you take those drugs your done, dead in the water, either you’ll never stand up for yourself again, or you will go off your rocker and consider inhuman violence “standing up for yourself.”
I only started talking to the supes every week because Crandall lied about the number of houseless who he considered 5150. But since then I have seen him point to many other groups within our community and make the same false claims about the number of “mentally ill.” Many times it is referred to as an issue of poverty. The numbers are talked about in terms of percentage compared to the national poverty index. I’m poor, most of the people I love and care for are poor, and my bet is if you are regularly reading this blog your poor too. Being poor makes us the ones Crandall wants to dope.