Milwaukie neighbors protest group home
Milwaukie residents today urged the Clackamas County commissioners to stop construction of a group home to house mentally ill felons in a residential neighborhood.
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#1 Sep 28, 2008
For over 12 years it seems that I have sat at this computer and researched an issue that should be of concern to any family or neighborhood, the idea that even if laws are in place that says a certain class of people with "mental illness" can be guaranteed a place in society no matter what they did in the past...even if they raped, burned, or killed another human being, they must be given that place, no matter where it is.
I will not attempt to link or state background to prove the point that a narrow class .. those "guilty but insane of killing or raping another human being in many cases should never be given carte blanc freedom to risk the possibility to do it again.(there are pages of data for that point)
In this year alone...a group home placed near a school and close to kids in a neighborhood put one person who raped a child, a 3yr. old baby.
I begged and pleaded for years that even if statistics show that 2-3 percentage re-offend..IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE!
The last line of defense, that very last was a city who at first showed unreal courage (CITY OF MILWAUKIE, OREGON) then surrendered it all.
The door is open..that state will take that open door, and introduce some really dangerous people to all Oregon neighborhoods, there will not be anyone in Salem or in Portland City hall to speak in defense of another 3 yr. old baby.
The local rag paper that had a boatload of stories pleading for the rights of baby rapists never mentioned once what impact that event had on the little girl or its family. I have an idea, my granddaughter isn't even 3 yet, and I can barely think of the impact on her, or her grandfather
So to those who surrendered, may I SUGGEST if you do read this, a great football coach I had once said, "Jack, look at that mirror on the locker room door, if you look at that mirror, look at your soul, he said."
"Look at that mirror when you leave after the game, if you look at that soul, and know, win or loose, you played your heart out, you will never have a problem with any mirror again!" I can look at that mirror after 12 years...can you?
#2 Sep 29, 2008
As a manager of PSRB programs and Milwaukie home owner, it's sad to see the repeated cycle of hysteria repeat in my town. Neither I nor any PSRB manager that I have worked with has ever had a resident offend. It's so inhumane that people forget that persons with disabilities do have a right to live and receive treatment. I'd love to hear your suggestions rather than just the classic "not in my backyard" with no suggestions ever offered.
#3 Sep 29, 2008
I am not afraid to give my name but I truly am afraid of this planned facility. I am doing my very best to become educated on this. I have read the Department of Justice letter detailing the horrible state of Oregon's treatment of mentally ill people. Diagnosis errors, treatment errors, drug errors, documentation errors, etc. You say you are unaware of any who have offended. The PSRB's own site claims 2% recidivism. Len Ray of AMH says 2.5%. There is also the 19.5% failure rate of patients who have gone through the much-toted 4 step review process (Staff psychiatrist, county MH dept review, service provider review, and finally the PSRB review). 1 in 5 of patients on a yearly basis are sent back to OSH. The patients in SRTF's are said to be safe. Well, some of the SRTF's are built with 10 ft fences with barbed wire, and one even has a moat! Bob Beckett of Columbia Care is willing to put a 2nd fence in Milwaukie even though he feels it is totally unnecessay.
I appreciate your experience but there are others with experience in this same area who feel that placing this facility inside a single family home area is just not appropriate. It is a NOT a home. It is a temporary abode for these people. It is a treatment facility. It is a commercial business. Columbia Care is now talking about putting out-patient counseling services at the site as well.
This facility is needed because disabled people do have a right to live and receive treatment. But it should NOT be placed inside a neighborhood. The world is a dangerous place, might I not be entitled to have my home be a safe place where my son can ride his bicycle in the street? A little respite from the outside?
Go to Columbia Care's website. Read how they feel it is not a good idea to talk with neighbors before they have bought the land. How can we work with someone on a solution when they won't talk with us?
You and NAMI have very good points but you fail to understand that many of the rest of us draw the line at people who have committed acts of violence. Even if they were mentally ill at the time. Committing a violent act crosses that line. Like many other things in this life, once done, it cannot be undone. I am happy that these people are getting better but they still have a proven capability to commit violence. It is not the disability, it is the violence. Why is that so hard to understand for all the people who support this facility in this place?
Call me. I am in the phone book. I would be willing to talk further with you.
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