I write this just a few hours after having spoken at a legislative breakfast in Connecticut, where looming budget cuts seem aimed at “saving money” by cutting funding to non-profit agencies that provide needed services to people who have disabilities or disadvantages ranging from poverty to down’s syndrome to mental illness…people who, with these services, have a chance to rebuild their dignity, their potential, their futures.
Without these services? The costs are astronomical – financially as well as emotionally. Homelessness, hopelessness, aimlessness, illness relapse, even crime.
And here we are, moments later, hearing the news that another shooting has occured – this time in our own backyard, in Newtown CT. A shooter has opened fire in an elementary school. An elementary school.
Does this have anything to do with untreated mental illness? I have no idea, yet – but it is one of the first things that comes to my mind.