Skid Row: Out of State Dumping Ground For The Mentally Ill?
“Heartless: Nevada Dumps 1,500 Mental Patients Via One-Way Greyhound Ticket to California” (alternet.org)
I live a few blocks away from Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Sometimes at night I hear psychotic homeless people yelling on the street. I take out my binoculars and check out the scene and am never surprised to find a homeless mentally ill person have an episode in the middle of the night. They stand on a corner below the building where U2 made the notorious video “Where the Streets Have No Name.”
The streets are known as Skid Row. When I walk to my local grocery store, or to the gym I am bound to walk by a handful of mentally ill homeless people responding to audio and visual internal stimulation. Or some just sit there on the sidewalk lost where the streets have no name. And sometimes I run into patients I used to work with in inpatient psych wards in LA County hospitals.
It is a dumping ground for most of the homeless people in Los Angeles County. LA County psych wards provide tokens for the bus to patients and discharge them to those streets. And now it has become a dumping ground for Nevada as well. What state is next? Something has to change. Hats off to San Francisco for stepping up to the plate.
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Loberg, E. (2013). Skid Row: Out of State Dumping Ground For The Mentally Ill?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/09/19/skid-row-a-dumping-ground-for-the-mentally-ill/