Peer Supports Under Siege: A Call for Help and Solidarity (And how this affects you, too)
One of the great challenges of working as a legislator is finding time… time to get to know what things look like from the inside time to get to know whats really helping people verses what just sounds good time to recognize that what sounds good has often been made glossy and shiny more by money and marketing and less by substance and whats real. Time can be a curse when you’re always running short of it. It can be hard to place blame or point fingers given the heavy demands on the average politician, yet the consequences of that lack of time have the potential to be fairly dire.
Not surprisingly, the Massachusetts Mental Health System is currently experiencing a budget crisis. Why? I’m not entirely clear, but it has something to do with “Chapter 257.” What the heck is Chapter 257? I’m still trying to figure that out, too, but here’s a one-sentence explanation offered by the ‘Campaign to Strengthen Human Services.’