State mental health division has no f...

State mental health division has no funds - News

There are 44 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 13, 2009, titled State mental health division has no funds - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hundreds if not thousands of mentally ill people will be left without mental health services, including medication management, because of a shutdown in state payments, said Marya Grambs, Mental Health America ...

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Just a thought

Canyon Country, CA

#1 Mar 13, 2009
Well, that is just plain crazy!!
Wondering

Honolulu, HI

#2 Mar 13, 2009
Would have been nice if the article said what the total budget is to start with. I suspect we're paying an awful lot of money for way too little. Beaurocracies in Hawaii have increased and overstuffed their budgets year after year. Time to learn the meaning of fiscal responsibility and planning ahead.
Lolo Governor

Honolulu, HI

#3 Mar 13, 2009
Lingle should be put in a mental hospital since she is so crazy she wants to cut all the funding for the seriously mentally ill. Remember all the murders recently by the mentally ill not getting their medications because Lingle cut their programs? So multiply that by 1000 murders. So many people went to the funeral of Asa and the governor wants that to happen a thousand times. No respect for innocent life, no compassion for the mentally ill and needy. You voter for her and her republican cronies. Who will be next to die needlessly? Maybe when you are driving to work, maybe when you are shopping at Safeway, anyplace where you least expect it, since Lingle doesn't care. Lt. Governor Duke Aiona is so silent on all the issues, could it be he believes in the same "Ainokea" philosophy of Linda!
Malihini

Honolulu, HI

#4 Mar 13, 2009
As a proud republican I am offended that my hard earned dollars would go towards a wasteful program such as mental health care. The solution is simple: Less taxes on the rich = Happy rich people = Everyone's happy. Go read Ayn Rand people. Now that's change I can believe in.
islander

Wailuku, HI

#5 Mar 13, 2009
with no questions asked, we give the "rich NFL" 4 million, a successful corporation but we have no money for our island people.

I can understand the issue: only time the mentally ill are loved is when there is money involved.
whateva

United States

#6 Mar 13, 2009
figures cut needed services and boost special projects that pad politicians and friends wallets. how sad that this has happened.
Diomedes

Honolulu, HI

#7 Mar 13, 2009
This clearly shows how irresponsible our leaders are. They worried first about fattening their pockets before serving who needed care the most. The 36% increase in their wages during this turbulent times has created an atmosphere of distrust.
Lingle is not so proactive either. Lingle and the legislature should act now before things get uncontrollable. This is a matter of safety and health issue. All they have to do is transfer the Medicaid money now to cover the shortfall - no ifs no buts. This sad situation should also teach us a lesson to practice frugality and prudence in spending. Last one - our leaders were spoiled by excessive spending in the past because of fat revenues coming from tourism, defense spending and real estate transactions. Now is the time to exercise their abilities and prove themselves as true leaders to cope with the negative changes and sudden surprises that keep worsening over a short span of time.
Kahala

Honolulu, HI

#8 Mar 13, 2009
Go ahead increase the taxes, I don't mind paying higher taxes. It's good for everybody, it doesn't hurt my pocket book and it helps the needy and working people. I live a happy, wealthy, life and I'm thankful, and I don't mind sharing a little with the general public. Have a beautiful day.
Rubba Slippa Man

AOL

#10 Mar 13, 2009
Legalize gambling!!!!!!!!
Hi there

Pearl City, HI

#11 Mar 13, 2009
Same old song in this state.
feedback

Keauhou, HI

#12 Mar 13, 2009
They want to get rid of the middle man so there will only be rich and poor once that happens the all mighty greedy rich might have to pay just like the average Joe has done for many years If you only new how much them CEO's and Exceptive make It would make you sick there are allot of volunteers that help mental ill so who makes the big bucks not the nurses or the care givers the sick have to suffer the world is corrupt it is very sad

Since: Aug 08

Makawao, HI

#13 Mar 13, 2009
Makes no "cents" to me.
LOL LOL LOL
mike

United States

#14 Mar 13, 2009
Save money on mental illness and spend it when they do crime. Lose-Lose on the taxpayers.
mamak

Honolulu, HI

#15 Mar 13, 2009
I am saddened every day to read about the cut backs to our mental health resources. I work with the severely mentally ill and see, on a daily basis, the troubles these cut backs have caused. Many of our clients who were stable for the longest period ever in their adult life have quickly started to decompensate. Though I am not a case manager I am having to follow up with all of our clients daily because so many of the case managers are out of units. I have gone from one malfunctioning system (the Dept. of Education) into another and am exhausted. Yet, if I don't try to be a voice for those that suffer from mental illness, who will?

“EVOLUTION IS EXTINCTION”

Since: Aug 07

MARIETTA, GA

#16 Mar 13, 2009
Just a thought wrote:
Well, that is just plain crazy!!
'Insane', ain't it? Downright intolerable. How's a man supposed to get his Xanax and his Thorazine (remember that old 'Thorazine Shuffle' song by Gumment Mule?) if the dadblamed gumment don't cough it up.

Stand by to stand by~~~~~~
Not Convinced

Makawao, HI

#17 Mar 13, 2009
Kahala wrote:
Go ahead increase the taxes, I don't mind paying higher taxes. It's good for everybody, it doesn't hurt my pocket book and it helps the needy and working people. I live a happy, wealthy, life and I'm thankful, and I don't mind sharing a little with the general public. Have a beautiful day.
Want to give away money to good causes, then donate to your favorite charities. We don't need higher taxes so our government can blow it on worthless programs, salaries and pet projects.
thorn

Honolulu, HI

#18 Mar 13, 2009
This is unbelievable.If there is no payment forthcoming for these services-these mentally ill patients will not receive them. Providers will go under. Do we really think it is acceptable or safe for for schizophrenic, etc. patients to not receive treatment? This is many tragedies just waiting to happen. It seems we are cutting services for those members of our society least able to protest but most dangerous to us all without medication or treatment.
Not Convinced

Makawao, HI

#19 Mar 13, 2009
Wondering wrote:
Would have been nice if the article said what the total budget is to start with. I suspect we're paying an awful lot of money for way too little. Beaurocracies in Hawaii have increased and overstuffed their budgets year after year. Time to learn the meaning of fiscal responsibility and planning ahead.
Exactly right. More bureaucrats trying to protect their turf. How much did they start with and what did they spend it on. The Legislature doesn't care. The Administration doesn't care. The press doesn't take the time to investigate and report. Ever notice that the timing of these tales of inpending doom from these mental health bureaucracies coincidentally correspond with the fact that we are still reeling from the recent senseless violent acts by some crazed nut-jobs?
poor basset

Napa, CA

#20 Mar 13, 2009
Aw NUTS!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#23 Mar 13, 2009
Under Lingle. mental health services have continued to deteriorate and many of our streets are unsafe.

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