Thursday Cuckoo’s Nest


If the Murphy Bill is passed, psychiatric hospitals and pharmaceutical companies will reap huge financial benefits as a result of increased hospitalization and forced treatment. One way the bill will do this is by creating a financial incentive for states that implement “assisted outpatient treatment”: court-ordered treatment (including medication) for people whom a judge deems as living with “severe mental illness” and unlikely to willingly take prescribed psychiatric medications.

Psychiatric hospitals would also benefit from the bill’s proposed elimination of the “Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion,” which currently makes mental health institutions ineligible for funding through Medicaid. By enabling psychiatric hospitals to access this funding, the Murphy Bill could usher in an unprecedented era of re-institutionalization, going against the recommendations of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, which asserted in 1999 that people with mental health issues have the right to be in the least restrictive setting possible. If passed, the Murphy Bill will lead to large-scale re-institutionalization in hospitals for longer periods of time for people who now generally have the right to live in supportive communities of their choosing.

Oryx Cohen @ TRUTHOUT


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14 Responses to Thursday Cuckoo’s Nest

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Not enough institutions for the insane.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Pizza parlor time.


  3. Den says:

    Insanity prevails in the Pugger party and no one locking them up in padded rooms which they should. Dammit!

    Let them eat pizza instead of the heart of America.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    24 minutes to Waddell & Reed and then 20 more to Sloan

    Day 5: 127+24+20=171 minutes.


  5. º¿carol says:

    It was windy all day as predicted, but no damage at our place, or on the way to JIll’s. I did pick up a couple dead limbs from Jill’s driveway. I’ve no idea how many branches came down here at the ranch until I take a walk tomorrow to pick them up.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    A six minute phone call to verify that an account was closed.

    Oh well, I’m retired so I suppose I have such time to waste…


  7. Den says:

    More cold-ass air coming down out of the Gulf of Alaska bring rain first then below normal temps, arriving here Sunday, the third Sunday in a row with cold miserable rainfall.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like rain, I just cannot deal with near freezing rain and the freezing air, it seems the only way we get it anymore.


    • Den says:

      Oh yea, the cold rain here last weekend resulted in violent Midwest weather this week, well hang on MW here comes some more next week.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Hillside Cafe for some fruit and juice.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    “Nutier than a fruit cake.”


  10. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the superb concert in which Alice had a solo and afterwards many commented how well she did. I thought Alice’s performance was of the highest professional quality.


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