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What Should We Do About Homelessness?
This is an Inactive Session within the Topic Homelessness
Session Type: A political issue
 
 
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Can homelessness be solved?
John Maceri at TEDxUCLA
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Primary Resource: Link: No more homelessness in Finland Lessons from Finland: helping homeless people starts with giving them homes (Edit)
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What a marvelous, yet tragic story. It highlights the necessity of adequately addressing and funding mental health services. Even though there are heart wrenching outcomes for some, countless others are helped. We can always do more. Caution, soap box starts here ...
DO NOT look to WA state for good policy.
Washington state has all but assured further suffering and decline in services to individuals with mental illness, by eliminating the mental health system and turning it over to managed care companies under the guise of better healthcare. Our supposedly liberal state and uninformed legislature and governor now let corporations decide the fate of the mentally ill in Washington.
BEWARE slogans - Better Health - Better Care - Lower Cost - The is the mantra of the powerful healthcare system in WA state. A good slogan hides the truth, and stops people from evaluating what is really happening.
Using millions in Federal CMS grant dollars, a few powerful politicians (All while wringing their hands about our homeless problem) and bureaucrats have wiped out our regional mental health systems. Systems that focused on providing effective treatment to those with serious mental illness. The winners? Managed Care Organizations and the state budget (remember "Lower Cost"). Losers? Social service agencies, community mental health organizations, local jails, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, persons with serious mental illness.


Jim Jackson, Washington State, NYT comment, Mar 4 2018
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