An Alternative To Mental Health Hustling

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There are not only homeless in Bucks County, PA, but there are mental health hustlers.  

The hustlers have been reaching out to recruit the homeless in Bucks County in order to get a monopoly in the mental health industry. In May, 2017, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program. 

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center. 

Now, State Representative John Galloway (D) is trying to bring mental health hustling to the schools. 

Like Penndel Mental Health Center, it appears that legal dope is going to be pushed to deal with schools’ mental health problems. Galloway proposed to use taxpayer money to deliver “telemedicine to school children”, as well as to spot and label those with mental problems and give them rides to get mental health services from the industry.   

I got an idea from a Monty Python skit, where a psychiatrist drives around like the ice cream man and rings his bell and shouts “psychiatrist…”  Maybe Mr. Galloway can drive a truck by the school, and from loudspeakers announce “mental health services!” 

Whatever happened parents nurturing their kids and talking with them about any problems they have? Of course it’s good to have support, but parents should take the lead and not be mentored by the school, exclusively. It’s not the school’s job to raise your kids!   

My daughter went to preschool whose name started with cooperative. The parents get involved – helping in the class and going on field trips with their children. In a higher grade, the DARE program came to her school. At a meeting, the DARE officer presented a triangle, where the parents, the school, and the police work together to keep the kids on the straight and narrow. 

When I was in school, we had guidance counselors, who supplemented the parents. At one point in high school I considered quitting school.  The first thing my counselor asked me was “what would you do if someone gave you a million dollars and you could tell everyone to go to…”  I told him that’s what I would do.  He explained that schooling is more than preparing to get a job and that “man is an educated animal.”   

My Dad read me the riot act about dropping out of school. He graphically described the kids of gross jobs I would get. 

Between the guidance counselor and my Dad, I decided to stay in school and get my high school diploma. While in the Navy, where I went shortly after I graduated from high school, I had time to think. When I got out of the Nav, I went to college and got a degree. Although I’ve had to struggle to find a good job with having a liberal arts degree, I was glad I continued my education and become an educated animal. 

Back before Bible reading a prayer was taken out of the public schools, when I went to school with Fred Flintstone in the Yabba Dabba Doo School District, we didn’t have the major problems that schools have today. No school shootings, major drug problems, etc.   

People have been taking the initiative to bring God back into the schools. Many schools have See You At The Pole (SYATP), where students meet at the flagpole at schools the fourth Wednesday every September to pray and talk about God.  

Following on the heels of SYATP is the Bring Your Bible To School Day in October, sponsored by Focus On The Family. Neither of these programs were not initiated by politicians, but by grass roots citizens and private faith organizations. These are the kinds of things we need to help people. 

To learn about the silent war between the mental health hustlers and people of faith in Bucks County in regard to helping the homeless read: