I don't know about you, but I was really overjoyed several months ago when a 20-something Denver child welfare worker was criminally prosecuted for doctoring some of her records. I was glad to see that the system was working and in fact was fair and equitable. In fact, that is the kinda thing I really like to see -- that little social worker's ass really nailed to the wall & she would probably have a hard time getting a job after that. Of course, we all hated to do it -- it had to be done -- & we have to be "accountable." And the fact that the child welfare system was criminally messed up was really irrelevant.
I'm being facetious, of course.. The problem is we lay this on all kinds of people BELOW US. So when someone ABOVE US is held "accountable" -- there is a certain amount of rejoicing. But what if the system weren't as horribly unfair as it is now, AND we recognized that everyone operates in a complex context and within that is doing the best that he or she can at any given moment. In our society, we have created complex and sometimes perverse rules about when and to whom you can be honest and various privileges. Wouldn't it just be wild if you could always be honest & people would try to help you. Well, I digress, the point is, I don't want to see us try to criminally prosecute ourselves out of this mental health crisis that is crying for massive, massive resources.
Ed, I know you've only been here 2 years -- but we've noticed some performance problems -- & people with mental illness in Colorado are suffering & this has been going on for 50 years, you understand we're going to have to bring felony charges against you -- we can't treat you any different than anybody else..