Friday, November 25, 2016

"Here take this." More mental health services coming to Long Creek Juvenile Center

The state screwed up big time when a transgendered teenager who was being denied mental health treatment committed suicide while incarcerated at the Long Creek Juvenile Youth Development Center in South Portland.  My heart goes out to his family.

Now the mother is calling for more mental health services for these troublesome youth.
The mother of a 16-year-old transgender boy who killed himself at a Maine juvenile detention facility is calling for more mental health resources for young people behind bars. 
More >> After detainee's suicide, mom sees need for more mental care
The media and the experts are weighing in.

And the state has now agreed to review their policies for providing mental health services to kids at the facility.  The ACLU wants to make sure they are dealing with LGBT issues properly and the child welfare people will want their hands in the pot too.

So what are they going to do?  Shuffle a few positions around?   Fire those who were supposed to be watching?  Put it in the news so the people think they're on top of it?  Hire a few social workers to talk about it?  Throw more money at the problem? 

Here's my guess.  I'll bet they hire a few shrinks then increase the psychiatric medications drastically. That will keep the kids quiet and docile.  Feeling sad?  Here take some anti-depressants.  Feeling anxious?  Here's some Thorazine.  Not only will it help to keep the peace, but it will enable them to say they're providing mental health treatment.  Throw in a few anti-psychotics to help them sleep at night and problem solved.  They'll be walking around like good little zombies.

I know I know, I sound somewhat insensitive regarding people with mental illness.  But what do you think they do with them?  Give them a hug?  Please...

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