In an op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times, Jay Neugeboren paints a grim picture of New York's mental health system in general, and the for-profit residences that the state contracts with in particular.
He argues that non-profit homes may provide the answer: offering better and cheaper care. The problem?
The state is well aware that successful nonprofit alternatives exist. What does not exist, however, is the political will in Albany to ensure that these alternative programs are financed and expanded, affording mentally ill New Yorkers decent places to live and competent, caring staff to help them lead happier, more productive lives.
Sounds like an all too familliar lament to us.