One media exposÃ© after another has highlighted the flawed implementation of North Carolinaâ€™s much ballyhooed 2001 effort at mental health reform. These exposÃ©s have given many state officials heartburn as they picked up their morning paper or watched the evening news. [Continue Reading...]
Dix TRO heralds a welcome sea change in the debate over mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse
There are a lot of wonderful groups and individuals in North Carolina who work in the world of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. For decades, a variety of doctors, nurses, therapists, family members of patients, care providers, housing providers, advocacy groups, journalists and patients themselves have worked hard to reform and modernize our public systems for serving these vulnerable populations.
The far right’s latest ill-informed complaint about human services spending
–Raleigh’s News & Observer ran a “Point of View” column this past week by a staffer over at the state Republican Party annex known as the J.W. Pope Civitas Institute. According to the author, North Carolina social “safety net” spending is out of control. Here’s the gist of his flawed reasoning:
Consider the following basic difference between modern progressives and the market fundamentalist right.
For most progressives, the world is a complex and imperfect place in which humans struggle to address the problems that confront them – both individually and collectively. In this worldview, society makes use of public and private structures (government and the market) as part of an ongoing effort to build a better, freer, healthier, and fairer world.
State Ag Commissioner helps block real protections for farmworkers
As a general political rule, thereâ€™s nothing inherently wrong with compromise and incremental change. Compromise, after all, is embedded in the very DNA of the American system of checks and balances and incremental change is often the best that advocates for the poor and the marginalized can realistically expect â€“ especially when battling powerful vested interests.