Thank you for a needed beginning of exploration on this topic. It's better to have Cancer than "mental illness" , in Rochester. The Cancer providers/supports are excellent, creative, holistic (yoga, nutrition, for example). Here are a few, brief observations. URMC needs to get rid of that huge "Behavioral Health" sign - it sends the wrong message. No parity for Medicare. (Seniors on fixed income cannot afford MH care). No quality control. The poorest, least educated get the lowest level of provider, least education. The MH clinic providers have huge caseloads, the most difficult cases, little support, limited modalities. "Talk therapy" or Rx, may not be the most effective or only intervention. "Mental health" is still the most "primitive" of the "medical" sciences. There's a big gap between the latest in neuroscience and practical application. There is EBM (evidence based medicine) that licensed Creative Arts providers (Music/ Art therapy), are profoundly effective, - but no insurance coverage. Understanding environmental/social causes (across class) and preventive (often low cost, creative, neighborhood level) interventions are needed. Privacy rights on electronic record systems (complex, sensitive issues). I hope this article promotes much needed, open conversation and action on a local level.
Glad that the white elephant in the living room is finally being addressed. I would like to know why NYS makes such senseless laws concerning patients that take ADHD/ADD meds. I know controll substance abuse is real, but why do I need to make an appointment with my dr. Every month to get a script? Why does NYS lawmakers view us as drug abusers? Is this a tactic to demean those of us who are mentally ill ? Another slap in the face.
kudos - great article and great to see it out there in such a way to break the barriers.
Why do wealthy foundations produce reports that tell us what we already know and then turn around and ask for more money for themselves? If they want to really make a difference then they should spend more of their savings. If the Community Foundation spent half of its money it could join with a proven charter school group, build ten new schools for five thousand kids and begin to change history. Instead they spend a little, do too little and talk too much.
Let's see.....How long has the mayor, city council and RCSD board been Democrat?
The same with most other large NE cities, including Detroit.
Stop it. The "war on poverty" has only produced more poverty. Stop "helping" so much.
Of course these anti poverty programs have made 1000's in the Washington DC area rich. The counties around DC are the richest in the country, and the federal government keeps churning out "program" after "program", and none of them help. That's wasted money that should be left in everyone's pocket.
Good to hear that taboo subjects are on the table. Here are a couple.
One, address the epidemic of sexual immorality and bastardy that accounts for so many children living in poverty. We must deal with men who refuse to support their children. Those who are unemployable should be conscripted and put to work on all those "shovel-ready" projects that liberals are always yammering about.
Two, abolish the godless, wasteful, archaic and destructive government school monopoly. That's the only education "reform" that will improve the lives of poor families.
Mental illness: smashing the stigma
You could not persuade me to direct a “stigma,” I find it offensive that you do. (See rape/stigma for why.)
It matters that you direct a stigma on your pages. Women ordered us to stop directing it at rape, you continue victimizing another group, the lesson somehow lost.
Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
Such a waste of money and time. This is progress and the Eastman house is showing anything but progressive ideals. Use the money for this lawsuit and paint the front of the Eastman house. It is in dire need of repair.
Sorry, passed laws
This study is misleading. It compares the poverty level in the city of Rochester which has 35 square miles to cities which were able to annex their suburbs and include areas that encompass several hundred square miles.
Older cities in the Northeast passes laws years ago preventing them from expanding.
To be a fair comparison you would have to compute the poverty rate for Rochester and include the inner suburbs because most other cities on the list have spread their city limits out to include them.
A friend of mine is a member. She said they sent a letter out about a year ago begging for more money because they needed to cover operational expenses. And yet they can afford a stupid, frivolous lawsuit? I hope their membership drops like flies.
Eastman House, you just lost a member.
We've added the link, Monique. And here it is, too: https://getschooled.com/attendance-counts/…
Thanks for the suggestion!
It would be great if a link to the JHU study was provided.
Good points: Eastman House, Susan B. Anthony House, RMSC, easy commute except in winter, festivals from January to December, excellent suburban schools, relatively low cost of living. Negative points: Winters can be a nightmare b/c no one closes down until the blizzard's in full force, concentrated poverty, violent crime in the city, ungovernable central school district, inept, corrupt and clueless political and civic leaders, lack of good jobs, crumbling infrastructure.
The city schools will never be saved as long as the power that controls them remains so entrenched and the foundations of this power remain. If Vargas was serious about colleges "owning" schools he would be promoting charter take-overs of some kind. He is really advocating for college operation and this outsourcing approach will do more harm than good. You don't fix a car with an engine problem by allowing a doll-up specialist to work on the paint or the tire trim. Mechanics need to take it apart and put it back together. Central office and the unions would never allow for this.
Colleges do not want to get their hands covered with oil and grease. They do not want to take real ownership and there is no evidence they can do any better. This is just a ploy.
The power needs to go back into the schools, the classrooms and the living rooms.
I recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson high school.
One of the main problems I have came a crossed over the years was that many students does not have the courage to put effort into school seriously. I believe that the main majority of the problem is the students because, when the students fail exams or classes it affects teachers alot more than the student would expect. There should be a change in the RCSD without the Community getting involved their wouldn't be an opportunity.
The RCSD is certainly STUCK…. stuck in the expectation that all students will go on to college. Where is the vocational education that would lead to jobs right out of high school? Where are the apprenticeship programs that would lead students into good jobs in construction, automotive, or electrical and plumbing services? RCSD has consistently refused to open up such training programs to city students, instead insisting that attending 2 year or 4 year college is the optimum path to a successful life. RCSD needs to provide a better variety of quality work-related training to our students so they can have some hope of economic reward other than having to attend college.
Vargas wants to put wings on our inner city students. Wings! Can you imagine that? The man is a genius, a visionary and a quantum leap thinker. Let him. Support him. Open the doors. Part the way, so that our kids can fly. Inga Songbird
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