Going mental

After hours of slogging through drivel from the Carolina Journal and the extended Puppetshow family, I finally came across something worthwhile today, a smart and well-written column by Don Stedman, dean emeritus in education at UNC Chapel Hill. His commentary about the state of mental health services in North Carolina is right on the money and well worth reading. And his closing line is an awesome response to free-market maniacs who want big bidness to take over everything.

No mistake -- residential care and treatment are badly needed as key parts of a mostly community-based service system, but they need to be downsized and more widely distributed and clearly connected to regional coordination centers with the resources necessary to carry out their missions. And forget privatization. There is no profit in human service. If there is, we have another kind of problem.