Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Treat, don't shoot (the mentally ill)


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Information sheet: Heal Mentally ill patients: Don’t shoot them!



 “When the Restoration Center connects mental health, health care and first responders, police fire and medical together there is a huge marked improvement on how our Community Mental Health System can and should work.” (Claude Oliver)


Sad stories

Some 800 people die in jails annually: Suicides, accidental deaths and worse.
Some 20 people die on Washington State's jails each year.

In Benton/Franklin counties, four people were shot in seven months in recent years. The county says they are improving things.

In 2015 Antonio Zambrano -- shot 16 times and killed by police for rock-throwing, but family members reportedly said he was mentally ill and had been denied proper treatment.  It was reported that Zambrano was on the same street corner one year earlier hitting cars with a stick as they drove by.
 
Marc Anthony Moreno -- In early March 2016: arrested and placed in Benton County jail where he died 8 days later.  His crime, as we can best determine, Marc suffered mental illness and his Father, Brother and Sister desperately pleaded for help from Mental Health providers he was instead arrested and put in Benton County Jail – where he died without proper medical help…

Benton County jail video of mentally ill 18-year-old Mark Anthony Moreno
Died in his cell March 11 after 8 days in custody.

Brad Jensen -- March 26, 2015 10:32 PM (Updated March 26, 2015 10:35 PM)

After his allegedly schizophrenic son was killed during a confrontation with two Pasco police officers, Chris Jensen reportedly spent months thinking about what could have been done differently.
“The former Pasco police officer and city councilman says the local mental health system is broken.” (Claude Oliver)

The Green Party was told the senior Jensen questions the way police use deadly force when dealing with those not of sound mind.
“The voices in Brad Jensen’s head became too difficult (him) to deal with in the months leading up to the July shooting” Oliver
The most recent tragedy likely was a Kennewick Student who reportedly committed suicide about a week ago.

Claude Oliver spoke to the Green Party on April 16, 2018. It’s a systemic problem, he says.


A systemic issue: 
ü  “Jail is not the place to treat a mental patient.”  
ü  As a previous county treasurer, he procured $-millions in PILT money for the county (Payment in lieu of taxes.) They refused to use it to build the desired crisis center.
ü  The county already owns property for the project.

It’s Very bad.
After a 40 plus years … seriously, it is time we build The Restoration Center.”  For fifteen (15) years, Oliver says, he witnessed “brazen prejudice and inferior public policy actions.”  The county kept “ignoring Community Mental Health fixes that resulted in many innocent sick people dying.”    

Saving patients in “melt-down” mode while saving $$

Oliver (A former Benton County Treasurer and Benton County Commissioner) says an integrated treatment center, would save the counties money and save lives.  

“Besides the $15,420,000 in the Benton County Public Safety Fund available, there is an additional $25,858,000 in  the Capitol Projects Fund plus.” Furthermore, “More new millions are on the way from the federal Mental Health Opiates crisis funds as well.”  
·      Oliver says that, in 2007-2008, a Kennewick Businessman offered to build the $15,000,000 joint, Benton/Franklin Consolidated Crisis Response Center for zero cash outlay from Benton and Franklin County: “The offer was sadly abandoned.”
·      “After 10 years and many dying in our Jails, millions in the bank and more new millions on the way, why isn’t everyone a YES!?”
·       “The Restoration Center is truly a first critical step to divert people out of Jail and into community diagnostics stabilization treatment programs.”
“Time is up: Franklin-Benton County discrimination against mentally ill must stop!”

To serve the Mentally Ill -- The Commission must change course!  

Please join us at 1:30, May 3, 2018, in front of the Benton County Justice Center, 7320 W Quinault Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336
This non-partisan message is provided by Green Party of the Mid-Columbia
Other parties and all citizen groups are invited to collaborate.

#bentoncounty #franklincounty, #stateofwashington #mentalillness #policing #restorationcenter #crisiscenter #CCRC #one-stop #failuretotreat #denialofservices, #protest #greenpartynews 


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