Our officials do nothing while a flood of ink spills about the known atrocities taking place in Texas MHMR residential facilities. From my initial link three weeks ago on 800 disciplinary actions taken against Texas state schools, to the latest coverage of “choke holds, headlocks, torture, rape and death” in psych hospitals, perhaps our governor would like to revise his blithe summation that “the state is doing its job.” Meanwhile, accounts from the reality-based community beg to differ:
United Press International: Abuse Common in Texas Mental Hospitals.
Psych Central: Texas Mental Hospitals: A Haven for Abuse.
Furious Seasons: Article Exposes Injuries, Death at Texas Psych Hospital.
New York Times: Firings at Mental Hospitals Over Abuse.
Rad Geek (must read): Texas Psychoprisons.
The Trouble With Spikol: Happy happy joy joy…uh…maybe not.
Houston Press: Mental Anguish at Texas West Oaks Hospital.
Reeves Law Blog: TX Psychiatric Patients Suffer Abuse, Neglect.
Texas Observer: Systemic Neglect.
Systemic is the operative word, systemic tells us the apple is rotten to the core, overall, built in, affecting an entire system, making it untenable in its totality. Documented systemic abuse, requiring swift and decisive action and impossible to ignore. You would think so. Who among us could ignore these published findings but the paid parasites who earn their professional cred by providing oversight of the system in question? The entities that are charged with getting hysterical over these facts will of course ignore them, and because that’s not surprising makes it no less unbearable. If you have any doubt that’s just what they’re doing, scour a few websites, and wait for the blackout:
Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Transformation. (pdf of May 6th agenda).
Texas Health and Human Services: May 12th “Stakeholder” hearing agenda.
Every front-page News brief at all 40 Community Psychiatric Centers, example: Austin-Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.
Blackout, zip, zero, nada, not a word of acknowledgment from the mental health overlords charged with public accountability. Pretend it’s not happening, maybe the public won’t notice. 135 news articles. What’s that if not delusional? A complete break with consensual reality, there is a place to put people like that.