On the fraud of Murphy

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The Murphy Bill has gotten a free pass on one issue, both by those who have issue with it and those who support it. He paints the crisis in the mental health system in the broadest strokes with incredible numbers…. 300000 “mentally ill” in jail etc. Then he offers his solutions. Some of his ideas are other peoples. He has tried to “buy” support by including ideas that have a lot of support like the Garrett Smith legislation. The ideas that are his are the core of the problem: Nationalization of AOT, increased psychiatric hospitalization, destruction of SAMSHA, and destruction of protection and advocacy programs. The fair question (putting aside questions of the ethics of his bill) is does what he recommend have any likelihood of really affecting a problem the magnitude of what he describes. The answer I think is a clear and resounding no. His bill is a…

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