That title just sounds so sweet doesn't it -- we could just all hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
I've had an awfully long year of being jerked around by the State when they weren't just too indifferent or busy to care or fake polite-- and to paraphrase John Lennon in "Imagine" -- I'm not the only one. Then the death of Michael Marshall.
And all that hard work of soothing myself so I could sound professional --- well there was a lot more work to do.
Because when you get treated like the "out-group" and your suffering barely registers a yawn by those in "power," "authority," whatever --- then you start viewing them as the out-group.
Attorney Corzine's Prescription for how to get everyone in Humanity's In Group is to rip-off Stephen Covey -- Build Up Each Other's Emotional Trust Accounts --
Enter into good faith negotiations on Olmstead
Just Come Off It: Nobody Here is Perfect ---If you work with people in good faith, they will work with you. If you don't, you just sow seeds of mistrust.
The alternative is what we are doing-- the State incarcerating vast numbers of poor people with a special emphasis on those who are Black and Brown and with Disabilities --- and those families' relatives suing the State when the State or political subdivision has killed the person because employees have been inadequately trained, there are grossly inadequate mental health services in the community, etc., etc., etc.
I think the mental health community & the refugee community have a lot in common: 1. It's easy to ignore them -- they have very little political clout; 2. Their "social determinants of health" are often very poor; 3. They both tend to have physical and mental health problems related to poor social determinants of health; 4. What might have been minor human suffering is ignored by the larger community until its horrific human suffering on a mass scale and then the individuals themselves are blamed for the suffering which was in large measure a result of the indifference of the larger society. 5. But can we afford it? Certainly for the refugees the evidence is pretty clear that countries more than make up the money spent albeit in 3 to 5 years; 6. With respect to people with mental illness, here in Colorado where there are actually resources the unconvincing argument runs something like this, "We want to help people with mental illness in Colorado BUT WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MONEY." The reality is if they would take time enough out of their "BUSY SCHEDULES" they could save money by investing in alternatives to incarceration, homelessness, etc.
We Can Do This IF WE'RE SMART ABOUT IT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IF WE VIEW ALL COLORADANS AS PART OF OUR "IN-GROUP" -- INCLUDING THOSE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS, HOMELESS, AND INCARCERATED.