It’s a good thing the county held these first-ever (as far as I know)
comprehensive budget sessions.
Here are videos of the first day.
Most of the departments are asking for more money,
due to increased population and increased demand for services
during a period of economic downturn.
Something needs to be done, and these sessions are one step in
getting to doing something.
Ok, I rarely do this but after reading something on FB earlier, I
just have to because I feel SO strongly about it! I have been a
social worker for 28 years. Of the 28 years, I have spent almost 15
years in the mental health field. When I started with community
mental health services, I was told the patient was the #1 priority
and QUALITY of service was most important.
Through the years MH
services have been significantly cut with treatment facilities for
youth closing, mental health hospitals closing and HMOs refusing to
pay for more and more outpatient services. Now the #1 priority is
BILLING and treating the paperwork not the patient is most
This hopelessness manifests itself in many ways. One is a sort of pathological conservatism, where people forgo even feasible things with potentially large benefits for fear of losing the little they already possess.
The article expands on that idea:
Development economists have long surmised that some very poor people may remain trapped in poverty because even the largest investments they are able to make, whether eating a few more calories or working a bit harder on their minuscule businesses, are too small to make a big difference. So getting out of poverty seems to require a quantum leap—vastly more food, a modern machine, or an employee to mind the shop. As a result, they often forgo even the small incremental investments of which they are capable: a bit more fertiliser, some more schooling or a small amount of saving.
It may seem that the article is about the poorest of people, but that “pathological conservatism” could as easily apply to the hopelessness many people seem to have about ever getting solar panels on their own roofs, or to attracting enough business to our area to employ our high school and college graduates, or that businesses will ever come to the south side.
Yet the point of the article is that field studies
by MIT economist Esther Duflo show
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Great interview John. The comment about employees not wanting to
work at a facility in the same county they live in was an
interesting thought relative to the proposed local employment
benefits. When I worked for CCA in the inmate Mental Health unit at
the Valdosta Correctional Institute we were always warned that
keeping pictures of our families or anything personal on our desks
was possibly dangerous and therefore not recommended. I loved my job
there because being inside the prison meant we had to form close
working relationships with each other and I love teamwork on the job
and it was never boring. We had almost constant training hours
warning us about the dangers of being in close contact with inmates
and all the rules about interacting. Forheight=”1 instance we had one inmate
who was a brilliant artist. He like to gift us with his artwork,
which we were allowed to accept as a non-personal gift to be placed
on the office walls. He was a very well behaved prisoner especially
to females, but his beautiful artwork always consisted of some form
of predator watching prey such as a cat watching a bird. We loved
the artwork, but took note of the inuendos.
Prisoners were always given strict instructions that
Jane Osborn talked about two health issues:
the downside of coal mining,
and no institutions for mental health.
…also related to
the solar discussion that was begun yesterday,
I think a piece we don’t talk about very often
is the extraordinary negative side of coal mining.
We are taking the tops off of mountains in Appalachia,
leaving pristine streams clogged with the debris and the toxic waste of that.
So coal is not just the price you see that we pay for it.
Coal is seen in the price of people still dying of black lung,
every time a mine collapses, and every time another mountain
is taken down.
I would guess if they were taking mountains down in North Georgia,
we’d be fussing about it.
She said she has been a social worker for 33 years.
She said starting June the DBHDD there would be a new service
she recommended the county advertise on its website.
The extraordinary negative side of coal mining —Jane Osborn @ LCC 13 September 2011
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 13 September 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
From: “Jane Osborn”
Subject: Georgia Crisis Response system
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:54:39 -0400
John, There was a Conversations that Matter group held here June 9th to
discuss the changes coming with the closing of the state hospitals as
it relates to persons with developmental disabilities. We had about 40
local people who were consumers, family members and some service
providers in addition to officials from the Region 4 office that covers
this area. The services for them will be drastically smaller than those
planned for persons with a diagnosis of mental illness, but this
training announcement has one session left in this area…June 28 in
Scroll all the way to the bottom to find information for
The one we had here was sponsored by the
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
and All About Developmental Disabilities, an Atlanta-based advocacy
group. One of the things we learned was that these Crisis Response
Systems supposedly have been in place since June 1, one based in
Valdosta and one in another part of the region. You can go to the
DBHDD website to see the counties included in our area.
The teams were
formed by contracting with organizations from California and Indiana