On the myth of a benign system

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At the core of any proposal for an increase or reliance on coercive interventions in the mental health system is a substantial faith in the myth of a basically benign system. You must believe that the system knows what to do, has the ability to do it and, and above all else, will not hurt or do damage to the people it claims to help. The basic claim of the Murphy Bill is that the coercive system it proposes is basically benign and in the best interests of those in need. It seems a hard sell to me.

For the last week I have watched the coverage of Baltimore and wonder how many people still believe that a system based on the increased encounter of people in crisis with the police is either safe or wise.

The police are too often, for too many people dangerous and life threatening. They…

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