BUILDING MENTAL WEALTH IN A SICKLY SOCIETY
No, that’s not a typo. I do mean Mental Wealth. Let me explain.
I opened my morning paper and read the headline: “100 men, on road to better futures, are sent back to prison by budget cuts.” The story about Turning Point Bridge, one of 33 Florida program providers to help prevent recidivism, losing its funding and having to send all of these men from their jobs and transitional support back to prison makes me ill. Don’t forget to pack a suitcase full of Naltrexone or Narcan, so if they, overdose they won’t die. The State Budget included 1.4 million dollars per year for buying those products. Now, this will solve all of our problems.
We demand quick fix answers and our elected officials try to please the public. We and many of our elected leaders lack recognition that taking away funding from programs like Turning Point Bridge and other substance abuse prevention and treatment programs to pay for more police and to buy metal detectors in schools isn’t going to solve our growing mental health problems.