"Don't you remember how you got here?
Often, when I complained about being railroaded into the local loony bin, Ms. Julie King, MS, LPC, responded with, "Don't you remember how you got here?" She was one of the two who did the most extensive intake interviews to determine what I might say that could be used to justify forcing me into her treatment. Which turned out to be anything and everything; she made no positive remarks in her evaluation that I can recall.
Sure I remember. Without interviewing anyone but me and my accusers, those cronies on the apartment staff who habitually lied to and intimidated tenants, COPES and the Tulsa Police decided that whatever my accusers said must be the facts. Which Ms. King, Dr. Miller and others at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health presented to the Mental Health Court as proven facts, without any legal objection from my Public Pretender.
Wow. It's like a plastic surgeon with a list of physical defects telling a judge that he has examined you and you need emergency court-ordered plastic surgery in his operating room. Because you're not just accused of being ugly, you're really ugly.
And yet we've got a Senator up in Washington, a Medical Doctor himself, and can't seem to grasp the inherent conflict of interest, corruption, devastation to patient civil rights and health, moral hazard, medical fraud and ethical evil of this approach. Possibly because it would deprive him and others in that august body of a virtually powerless minority to sacrifice, when the long knives, axes, pitchforks and scythes come out after yet another mass shooting.
Never mind that widespread and repeated psychiatric hospital scams have clearly and abundantly demonstrated that anyone, even you, can be swept up and committed, even tortured in too many cases, for the sake of profits and ideology. Never mind that when the government starts putting people on lists on that basis, the threat of losing civil rights, income and social position for the rest of one's life will keep many from asking for help with mental difficulties until it is too late. Never mind the avoidable violence that will engender.
Then, will all these righteous jerks remember how state-sanctioned bigotry got us there. Fat chance."