Mental Health Hustlers Defunded

Funding woes hurt homeless, reads the headline in The Courier Times. Actually, it is the mixing of mental health services with housing for the homeless that hurts the homeless. “And when county departments divide these funds among different local initiatives” said Donna Duffy-Bell, administrator of the Bucks County Department of Health…, “more money sometimes goes towards more visible priorities, like opioid addiction, rather than hidden ones like homelessness” the article continues.

So, people who just need a place to stay are slighted because funds are used mainly for drug abuse. In the article, officials juxtapose homelessness with mental “illness”. Officials say the homeless aren’t required to be tested for mental problems, but they usually do (usually bamboozled into) and they imply homelessness and mental illness are one in the same. Bull!

Allen Johnson, a recovery coach with HOST, a program which combines mental health with homeless outreach, which is experiencing funding cuts, once told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. He explained that people have to get straight first before they can get housing. Really? This presupposes that homeless people are nuts who need the mental health services of HOST. The facts were changed to protect the mental health industry. It’s a way to get public funds for the shrinks and Big Pharm.

It’s Public Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time)

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now

Here comes Allen here comes Keith

Allen’s visiting all the homeless sites on his beat

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime

I feel so good (dee-doy doy dee-doink)

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now…

It seems to be what’s happening to HOST is similar to President Trump cutting the fat and crap from the EPA. Accomplishing the goal of being good stewards of our natural resources can be done less expensively. Likewise, by cutting the programs for mental health removes lots of unwanted fat from a bloated bureaucracy. Penndel Mental Health, for instance, just pumps patients with legal dope and psychobabble: “language that is used by people who talk about mental and emotional problems and that is seen as silly or meaningless: psychological jargon.” – Merriam-Webster

I’ve observed people who go to the community meals for the homeless and needy who have gone to the clinic get worse. But when they get Biblical counsel, I’ve seen people get better.

The church, not secular psychiatry/psychology should fill this void in mental health programming by getting even more involved in helping people with problems.

A view of the church versus psychology: http://www.christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/dp220-2.pdf

As to the defunding of HOST, another parody from the They’re Coming to Take Me Away Band:

Don’t Think Freely (parody of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally)

 

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse

They want to make a monkey out of me

They’re going to put me in the nuthouse

And all they have to do

Is round up me

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Maybe you can slip me a file in some cake

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

They want to put me in the nuthouse

That’s because they don’t think I am OK

Well the only reason I am in the nuthouse

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I’ll be a homeless collection in the nuthouse

From the state they want to collect their precious bounty

I’ll be a monkey caged there in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

They want to put me in the nuthouse

That’s because they don’t think I am OK

Well the only reason I am in the nuthouse

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

 

Dupe-dupe a looney Dupe-dup a looney Dupe-dupe a looney…

They’re coming to take me away ah-hah he-he ah-hah ah-hah he-he ah-hah he-he…

Users Loosers and Winners

You are the only one who can do something about where you live, said Ben Carson after being appointed to head HUD. Growing up in a poor household, his mother took Ben along with her when she cleaned an expensive home and told him someday he could live in a home like that. She pushed her kids to read and study and instilled in them values of hard work, integrity and determination. It paid off, as Dr. Carson became one of the world’s top neurosurgeons.

Even if you are homeless, there are still opportunities to better your lot.

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”   -One of Ben Carson’s many quotes.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11100.Ben_Carson?page=1

In the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, there are those who look at obstacles as a hurdle and they jump over them and move forward. Others make excuses for staying where they are, aided and abetted by the Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers, who offer a quid pro quo, housing for signing up for mental health services and for giving up and saying you can no longer work because of mental problems. It’s like Aladdin in reverse, where you get old minds for new. One “professional homeless” couple made such as deal where they got on the public dole for the unofficial but de facto reason that they are lazy and irresponsible. The guy had arbitrarily quit two jobs someone had gotten him.

One of the mental health hustlers told me he doesn’t believe in housing first. He said that people have to get straight, through the programs he was hustling, before they get housing. This presupposes everybody needs special programs, such as for substance abuse . I disagree, except that just being homeless is a strain and you need to get your head straight, but that can be done through informal or formal counseling, and people showing you they care and give you a hand up, not a hand out.

One homeless friend  trying to improve his lot didn’t let obstacles fence him in but saw them as something to hurdle. He once told me that he doesn’t want to be made “too comfortable” in his situation so he’d have incentive to move forward. He worked for a temp agency and ended up getting some long term jobs. Still, there were gaps, and he got low on money. One employer wouldn’t hire him until he got his ID up to date. Another friend gave him tips and made a phone call for him. I was very happy for the guy when he told me that two jobs came through, which showed promise.

He had also overcome substance abuse problems. When some other homeless guys were harassing a guy in a home but needy at a homeless bus stop, who had become a scapegoat as a result of the lying tongue of a formerly homeless woman, he just shook his head and had no part of it. This is why he is not a user-looser but a winner!

At the community meal last night, a homeless guy walked over to formerly homeless guy and thanked him for his help in some manner. They guy offered continued help. He and others have been helping homeless people with their physical as well as emotional, spiritual needs, as have the hosts at the churches that provide the meals. Man does not live by bread alone.

It was wonderful to see hosts ministering to the guests and the guest with each other. The regular guests have developed relationship with hosts. At last night’s dinner, a host encouraged a friend who has been battling the bottle to continue to resolve the problem. The Bible says to admonish one another in love.

Churches have increasingly offered Bible based, 12 Step programs to help people with their besetting sins, including substance abuse. Here’s an example: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

There was a spirit and sense of belonging at last night’s meal. I come a little distance to go there not just for the excellent food, but for the fellowship.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3: 12-17

The Homeless and Kafka’s Cockroach

In my psychology in literature class in college, a classmate said that the moral of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is that Gregory, the character in the parable, woke up as a cockroach because he didn’t want to face the world. He didn’t want to face responsibility so he lingered in bed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis

I’ve found the homeless problem in Bucks County, PA, which I’ve been associated with for about two years to be Kafkaesque. For those of you in Doylestown, “Kafkaesque” is defined by Merriam-Webster :  “of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality <Kafkaesque bureaucratic delays>”. When now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was fighting his hi tech lynching, he remarked that the whole ordeal was Kafkaesque.

I also find much of modern psychology to be Kafkaesque.

I just read a very long article: Psychology and The Church. If you are an egghead, and have a free day, you may want to read it: http://inplainsite.org/html/psychology_and_the_church.html

One point I recall from the reading is that the church can relate on a more personal level than typical secular psychology as well as have absolutes, truth which works best to keep people truly in the pink, although this doesn’t happen in a wink. Churches serve God and man well when they share one another’s burdens. Psychology has found that someone experiencing problems knowing that people really care is a big factor in helping them resolve their problems. (Not all psychology is bad).

At the community meal for the homeless and those in need on Sunday, hosts from the church sat down with some of the guests and discussed their concerns. They helped them a lot more than a shrink, including ones from Penndel Mental Health Center. During the time I broke bread with the homeless at community meals and at other venues, I’ve noticed that those who have gone to the secular center didn’t seem to improve over time. In fact, they got worse. Conversely, broken people who followed the Lord appeared to have improved their attitude, reflected in their demeanor. I’ve tried both and found this to be the case.

Modern psychology is reflected in the thinking of some in the Bucks County establishment. Some time ago, I ran the idea by a Bucks County Commissioner to designate county land as an official homeless encampment. The homeless would build and manage the place. There would be rules and leadership. The commissioner responded that this would jeopardize the chances of the homeless to get county assisted housing, which takes between one and two years to get. The commissioner’s answer was Kafkaesque!

She also pushed funding for mental health.

Like Gregory in Kafka’s novella, Bucks County doesn’t want to honestly face the world of the homeless.

Bucks County aggressively canvases to secure taxpayer funds by shanghaiing the homeless and signing them up for mental health services.  The mental health hustlers are everywhere, trying to recruit the homeless like the people in Bob Dylan’s comical song where everybody’s trying to “stone you”. And in essence, with the center’s “medications”, they are stoning you:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bob+dylan+everybody+must+get+stoned+youtube&view=detail&mid=0FABCAAA13311BEF362B0FABCAAA13311BEF362B&FORM=VIRE

Throughout the history of the church, there has been a battle between the church and the world. This is evident in Bucks County over the well being of hurting people. I’m on the side of the church.

“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.” -Romans 15:14

Come on People!

It was a “rapid decent into a major mental health problem” that drove a 59 year-old man to snap out and try to kill his girlfriend but ended up having the tables turned and ended up dead, according to authorities. This outburst was just a “mental health episode”, police said.

http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/15/mental-health-crisis-led-to-fatal-birthday-stabbing/

Holy psychobabble, Batman!

The attacker was described as being peaceful and generous and suddenly, he went berserk? I think I could rule out having an alien taking control of him and attacking his girlfriend. I also don’t believe it was a right wing conspiracy.

Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams had written about a similar situation where a man suddenly snapped out and committed violence. Dr. Adams pointed out that the guy was very angry about things that went wrong, and was mad (as do dogs) at certain people for what they did. He harbored resentment, anger. As Curly of The Three Stooges used to say, he was “a victim of circumstances.”

We don’t have to be a victim of circumstances, but, with a spirit controlled temperament, we can exercise self control, which by the way, is one of the fruits of the spirit.

Volcanoes just don’t suddenly erupt. Pressure builds up from deep inside until it blows. Sometimes volcanoes will spew out steam first. Likewise, pressure builds up in people. Sometimes, in the case of the man who flipped out, people vent out steam. The report said that neighbors had heard the couple yelling in the past, but there was no evidence of domestic violence or mental health problems.

There was a recent eruption at one of the community meals for the homeless and those in need in lower Bucks County, PA.  Ma Barker, a woman in a wheelchair, suddenly started cursing, loudly. Other guests were taken aback. After this initial eruption, she continued yelling obscenities and wheeled over to a guy down the next table over, facing the opposite way. She yelled “if you have something to say to me, say it to my face…” And then she reared up, and kicked the man on his outer thigh, almost falling out of the wheelchair. As was the case with the man with the rapid decent into a mental health problem, it’s believed that no alcohol or drugs were involved.

One problem with today’s society, reflected in modern psychology, is blame shifting, blaming problems on other people. Some psychologists blame criminal or immoral behavior on someone being deprived of something by parents or society in the past.

A folk song illustrates this:

“I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed

To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes.

He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find,

And here is what he dredged up from my subconscious mind:

When I was one, my mommie hid my dolly in a trunk,

And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk.

When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day,

And that is why I suffer now from kleptomania.

At three, I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers,

And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers.

But I am happy; now I’ve learned the lesson this has taught;

That everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.”

Here’s more:

http://gospelway.com/religiousgroups/psychology.php

As I’ve argued in previous blogs, modern psychology is not the answer to our problems, including homelessness.

Bucks County thinks homelessness can be solved by rounding up the homeless and sending them to a mental health center.  As is often the case with modern psychology, it’s a fraudulent diagnosis.

In the 60’s, a popular song cried out “come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now.”

To do this, we need God. There’s a pyramid with humans at the bottom and God at the top. As people go up towards God, they become closer to each other.

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘What commandment is the foremost of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ ” -Mark 12: 28-31

Clowns to The Left of Me

They have been out. At homeless meals in Bucks County, PA, at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station —everywhere– to register people to vote. There was a report recently from Philadelphia about the homeless voting. Advocates and politicians are making sure the homeless vote.  http://www.fox29.com/news/211016034-story

In a recent report from a Philadelphia news station, a homeless person, I believe a druggie, expressed that he has a problem with Donald Trump. Like most anti Trumpets, he gave no reason why he doesn’t like The Donald. From the anti Trump camp, we mostly hear the usual clichés.

In the news story, a homeless veteran said that because of poor care, while waiting for services, veterans have died. The Veterans Health Administration comes under the executive branch of government.

In Dover, Delaware, there is a conflict between a church that has been allowing homeless people to stay on its property, and neighbors. “It has really nothing to do with being anti-homeless,” said Thomas Farrington, who lives near the church. Neighbors complained that the police often have to break up fights between homeless people and that the music and yelling gets loud. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Dover-Church-Tiny-House-Neighbors-Controversy–392662151.html

Farrington said that he isn’t being anti-homeless, yet states “We are not talking about a mother and a couple of children who she lost her job. We’re talking about people that are chronically homeless. They can walk, they can talk, and they can carry a collection plate. But they can’t get a job?”

Although this neighbor may have a legitimate beef about the noise and fights coming from the homeless, he doesn’t understand the homeless. Just because someone is able to work doesn’t mean he/she can find a job. There is a lot of unemployment in our Obama Nation. If elected, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will continue BO’s stinky policies, such as the war on coal, which will put people out of work and exacerbate homelessness.

I personally don’t know the homeless or the situation in Dover like I do in lower Bucks County, PA. What I do know is that there are homeless people here who work, but haven’t worked long enough or make enough money to get a place. I also know that, even if you have a little money, it’s tough to find a place in Bucks County.

In some cases, homeless people here in Bucks County create their own problems. In Queen Anne Park, in the woods on county land, there were complaints about druggies living in the woods. At least one of them in those woods had to be taken to the emergency room.  There are other examples which I’ve written about on previous blogs.

In the case of the Dover church, if indeed the fighting and noise from the homeless is really happening, the pastor needs to make and enforce rules for the homeless who stay at the church property. Individuals who don’t follow the rules should be thrown out so they don’t ruin the privilege for everybody else, which is sometimes the case in Bucks County.

In Bucks County, concerned people have been taking measures to hold unruly individuals accountable for their behavior, particularly at the community meals for the homeless and those in need. This is only fair so the rest of the homeless don’t get a bad name and suffer. As is the title of a song by Eric Burdon And The Animals, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show”.  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&qpvt=one+monkey+won%27t+stop+the+show+eric+burdon+and+the+animals&FORM=VDRE

Just because a few A-holes in the homeless community act up, responsible, decent people in the homeless community should not be marginalized and should be given an opportunity for housing.

Awhile back, when I proposed a plan to Democrat Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to set aside county land for an official homeless community, she responded that this would jeopardize opportunities for the homeless to get county assisted housing. The public assisted housing takes one to two years. But of course, what does reality matter to someone living in an Ivory Tower?

Marseglia also championed mental health help for the homeless. This sediment has been put into action by the Bucks County Mental Health hustlers, who go here there and everywhere in an attempt to Shanghai the homeless and take their taxpayer funds to keep the county mental health industry in business. Alan Johnson, formerly with Penndel Mental Health Center, but still a county hustler, told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. Instead, he said people need to get straightened out before they get housing. This presupposes that all homeless have such serious issues that they are not fit to move in anywhere until they avail themselves of the county mental health services. As comedian Pat Paulsen used to say, “BULL FEATHERS!”

Sensible people, including the more industrious members of the homeless community, know that Hillary Clinton or other Democrat, such as PA Representative Tina Davis, the Bimbo of Bucks County who says she has done a great deal for the homeless and will continue to do so, in reality does very little for them other than helping with tasks such as benefits.

Democrats get in the way. PA Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned drilling for resources on state lands. The Bimbo of Bucks County praised the wolf for saving the day, saving the environment. She admitted that current drilling on state lands fosters a good economy but said that protecting the environment trumps this. Maybe the bimbo and the wolf can pass out pink slips and eviction notices on Halloween.

Hillary Clinton, and the other Democrats, who are clones of one another, sit high above us on their Ivory Towers. Like the Democrats in Bucks County, they don’t care about serving the homeless or other regular people or even accommodate private efforts to help them (efforts to use abandoned buildings and land in Bucks County for the homeless are stonewalled). They mostly just know how to Demagogue and serve themselves and the special interests. They do, however, sometimes throw in facts, such as the ads that attack Pat Toomey for abridging the right for a woman to murder a baby. These ads prompt me not to vote for Pat’s opponent!

“Your wisdom has certainly made you rich… but your wealth has led to arrogance! You compared yourself to a god, so now I, the LORD God, will make you the victim of cruel enemies” – Ezekiel 28:4-7.

It’s Too Late Baby. Not!

“It’s too late, baby it’s too late…” Carole King was wrong. It’s not too late. Except maybe for the particular relationship she was singing about.

At a community meal for the homeless and needy, two homeless guys got into an argument. One of them said “you’re a drunk and you’ll always be a drunk.” This was said under fit of temper;  it’s not necessarily true. It’s not too late to break bad habits, if you really try to make it.

It wasn’t too late for some of the people I’ve known in the homeless community who had substance abuse problems. One such person told me he went through the 12 Steps program. He’s been working, acting more responsibly, is getting on well with family and friends and has a good attitude on life. Another example is a guy who told me that he took into account that he was the source of his problem, and, in his words, moved “forward.”  He also told me “they don’t like that.” I’m not sure to whom he was referring – Penndel Mental Health Center or some  entity  of Bucks County, PA…  It could be any institution that writes off problems as being a disease and blames everything, everybody other than the person with the problem.

I didn’t pursue an opportunity to become a drug counselor at a methadone clinic years ago for that reason. I worked part time at the out patient clinic as a “patient monitor” shortly after I started college, where my job was to check in the “clients”, send them to the nurse to get their orange juice, methadone cocktail and to their various appointments with counselors, nurses and doctors. After work, a counselor sat down at the bar next door with me and went over some materials, and talked about being a counselor. In the material he showed me, the author knocked the Christian view that we are sinners. In so many words, it said that to say that hurts our self esteem.

One of the clients at the methadone clinic told the other patient monitor and I that he believes he’ll never overcome his drug habit, and that the people running the clinics don’t really help him. He lamented that he expected his life to be a revolving door between treatment and the streets.

Bucks County and it’s Mental Health Industry writes the homeless off as it being too late baby – too late for them to become a productive member of society. Someone who works for the industry offered me needed housing if I was willing to get on disability by agreeing to be labeled as someone who was so messed up mentally that I could no longer work. As I told the mental health hustler, that would be fraud.

For sure, I had problems, but it was not too late to be restored to normalcy. My anxiety and depression were largely as result of the gap between being what God wants me to be and my own sinful nature. The local Salvation Army shoved me off to the Penndel Mental Health Center, which made me worse!  The Paxil prescribed made my hands shake and made my anxiety worse. Not realizing the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, I stopped taking the drug immediately and ended up in ER! I did some research and found that very dark chocolate has the same calming, soothing ingredient found in Paxil but without the horrible side effects, and offered other benefits such as an anti-inflammation.

By contrast to the nattering nabobs of negativism, Christian faith helped me, as it has others, overcome our character flaws. This is why, in 1970, as found in his book Competent to Counsel, pastor and counselor Jay E Adams started challenging the church’s relegating it’s mission of changing people to secular, unbiblical psychology.

http://www.nouthetic.org/about-ins/our-faculty/8-about-ins/6-jay-adams-biography

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31