Letters to the Editor

Care issue

February 9, 2011


To the editor:

I extend my compliments to your recent contributor, Bill Simons, for his column (Jan. 29) regarding mental health care in Kansas. With the recent emphasis on cost-cutting in government, the absolute needs for some Kansans with mental health issues have been ignored. Legislators who choose to absolve themselves from these responsibilities quite likely have not had a family member or a friend who is so impaired.

Kansas government is in the process of considering further reductions in what actually is the modicum of support it supplies to the mentally ill. If current contemplated measures are enacted, soon there will be no place for them to turn for hospitalization, outpatient care or medication. Jail, “Hoovervilles,” or encampments “down by the river” will be the next step. Kansas can, and absolutely should, do better. In many ways, in this instance, we are our brothers’ keeper. It is time for our citizens to stand up and be counted.


Jackie Jackasserson 7 years, 3 months ago

those that do likely send them to private/out of state institutions

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 3 months ago

Which is just one more proof that Republicans hate the poor.

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