Thursday, July 31, 2014

TN Commissioner defends decision to award contract to former employer

"One thing I'm surely biased on is that it's better to treat people closer to home with family and friends rather than committing them to an institution that's many miles away," Varney said.

Varney has it partially correct.  It is best to treat loved ones close to home -- when they will accept treatment.  

AOT could help with that, but wait ... TN does not have an AOT law.

So what about those who don't or won't accept treatment?

The ones who are too sick to realize they are sick?

The ones who have lost insight into their illness?

The ones with anosognosia.

The ones who have estranged themselves from family and friends due to their paranoia, delusions and psychosis.

The ones who have become homeless and destitute, eating their meals out of dumpsters and garbage cans.

The ones who end up in jail time and time again for petty crimes and misdemeanors.

You see, these are the people who will eventually be committed to institutions, many many miles away, because the ones near home have all closed. 

Treatment before tragedy is something I'm surely biased on. #tb4t

Read the investigative report here:  WJHL.com - TN Commissioner defends decision to award contract to former emp

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