Psychiatric health business model leaves children sleeping on bare, plastic mattresses in filthy rooms; dust and dirt collected in the corners while same psychiatric business has enriched founder and chief executive with $20 million in compensation last year.
Yes, it’s true. Here’s a link.
We, as a society are no different in this respect from the parents who leave their children in the car while they spend hours gambling in a casino. Except, the only difference is the parents get arrested but the CEO’s might at worse see their company pay a fine, a cost that is no doubt calculated into the cost of deciding to break the laws and, even better, a tax deductible figure.
As I have discussed earlier, I was a Section 12 patient at Arbour’s facility in Attleborough. I was suffering from severe depression and although Section 12 calls for a minimum 72 hour observation period, because I was admitted on a Thursday and it was a long holiday weekend, I got to spend five days in their care. That was sixteen years ago and I’ve never relapsed. I do not recall anything as horrible as the conditions mentioned in this article, but I can recall that the facility was lacking in some resources for recreation. After my release and eventual recovery, I took a serious look into working at that sort of facility. I enjoyed the time I spent there (after the initial shock and denial) and truly enjoyed helping my fellow patients. As I was unemployed at the time and considering “improving my job skills”, I enrolled in a master programs at a Massachusetts college in order to get my certification to work in that area. After the completion of my first semester, I began looking at what opportunities I might find and the wage scale that I could expect (yes, I know, I should have done this before…..but I was still working through things). What I leaned was shocking. Many of the people who had taken care of me at the hospital were probably making less than $15 an hour and most were part time – no benefits. Even with a degree that would cost me tens of thousands to fund and at least two years to complete, I’d be in the $40-60K range if I was lucky enough (according to anyone I spoke to) to find a full time job. Most people I met were working two or three part time jobs and NONE of them advised me, a father of two young children and a wife who was not able to work, to pursue this career path any further.
I ended that quest and got a job at a car dealership where I was making about $80K right out of the gate, selling high end cars to wealthy people. But I digress…
Mental Health workers making $15 an hour while the CEO makes tens of millions. Coffee and Donuts workers making less than $15 an hour while the CEO makes tens of millions.
There’s a pattern here. The answer is NOT for the Coffee and Donuts workers to “improve their skill sets” and leave these jobs to the high school kids anymore than the mental health care workers need to do the same.
As Charlie described my POV, we need to do more than raise the ceiling, we need to lift the floor.