On June 28, 2011, you replied to my post “CPEP: The Uncovered Story,” which had been posted on January 13. You called yourself Molly and started by saying “Your child would not be put into a room with ‘Al the convicted killer.’ Good old Al would be at a police station or an institution. CPEP is for emotional crises.”
The fact is that in “The Uncovered Story” I was not positing some possible universe; I was reporting on what I had seen in CPEP. If
you will go to “About St. Joseph’s Hospital Psychiatric Services (Part I)” [https://behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/about-st-joseph%e2%80%99s-hospital-psychiatric-services-part-1/]
you will find the report of what I observed when I was in CPEP with the child and the convicted killer. You are denying reality, which is not surprising since you work at CPEP.
It is typical of employees at CPEP to take the position that if they don’t know about it then it didn’t happen. You choose to be blind
to what is true and real. Your observation that “Good old Al would be at a police station . . . CPEP is for emotional crises” entirely misses the point. Al was not in CPEP because he killed someone; he was there be because he suffered from an aggression disorder. Even
convicted killers have emotional crises—except, apparently, in your blind little judgmental world.
You go on to say, “So your child may be sitting next to Al the schizophrenic who has an FBI chip under his skin, a suicidal teenager, or a guy covered in manure for some unknown reason. Are these pretty circumstances? No, certainly not. Is this what CPEP was created to work with? Yes.” Tell me, Molly, if it was your child, would you be okay with that? I mean, are you okay with your kid going to a strip joint? A bar? Being locked up in adult prison?
There is a reason why we segregate child from adults at various points in our society. It is because innocent child lack the experience to understand some of the horrific things going on around them, and they don’t have the skills to protect themselves. Instead of being upset about this child being locked up with a killer, and trying to figure out a way to protect the young and vulnerable in your care, you are saying that it’s okay. You work for CPEP.
Then you say, “Perhaps CPEP is understaffed but the company is currently underway for some major revamping.” This sentence doesn’t make sense. What is “the company?” CPEP is owned and operated by St. Joseph’s Hospital under the auspices of the NYS Office of Mental Health. There is no “company.”
Next, “Right now CPEP is fit to work with about 2000 patients a year. They end up seeing 3X that many which has caused for its bad rap. Hopefully with advancements and some changes, the program will be better able to serve those in need.” I know that CPEP sees about 7000 people a year. This is the first I’ve heard that it was only designed for 2000 patients. CPEP only was built about twenty years ago. What kind of asinine planning led to the creation of a unit that was overcrowded about twenty minutes after it was opened? And what have you done about it, Molly? Did you ask your boss what
could be done? Did you lobby the hospital administration? Did you file complaints with the NYS Office of Mental Health? Did you work with state legislators? Did you go to the news media to report this
horrible overcrowding? Did you work with NAMI or other patient advocate agencies?
It appears that what you have done is sit on your butt and ‘hope’ for advancements. If you worked on the maternity unit and it was serving three times as many patients as it was designed for, would you have done anything? How about if you worked on the cardiac unit or in the medical emergency room? You are acknowledging that you cannot provide the quality of care that was intended, and yet you do nothing about it. You say you’re getting a “bad rap,” but you don’t appear to give a damn about the bad treatment the patients are getting.
You go on to justify the gross inadequacy of the entire psychiatric system: “And yes, of course patients are going to be sent out of the county. They are going to be sent wherever 1.) there is room
and 2.) where they will recieve the best treatment. Onondaga county clearly does not hold all of the organizations EVER. If a place in Oneida county better suites my loved one, is the distance of me not being able to see them as frequently as I would like going to stop me from helping them the best way possible? Absolutely not.”
Onondaga County has never planned for, funded or provided adequate psychiatric care for its own citizens and all you have to say is “of course.” What if Oneida County did the same? What if all the other counties around us were sending their patients here? Exactly where do you think it would stop? It is our responsibility to take
care of our own, and we’re not doing it. What if the other counties have just enough hospital beds for their own people but not for ours? What happens next?
On January 28 I posted “CPEP: Syracuse’s Gitmo (Part II)” [http://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=589&action=edit], which you replied to July 15, using the name Mary.
This time you say, “You exaggerate beyond belief. People do
want to work at CPEP. I work at CPEP and you are misguided. It is not a fun place to go, I am unsure what you expect. It has its difficulties due to the small space. That will all be changed come December when the new facility opens. To say that you are stripped of your rights more than a terrorist at Guantanamo is such a
rediculous statement that I am speechless on how to respond. You cannot expect 5 star hotel treatment at an emergency room. Give it a rest.”
What I expect, Molly/Mary, is to be treated with respect. What I expect is not to have three people crowded into a room designed for one. What I expect are staff workers who believe me when I state a fact. What I expect are staff members who advocate for their patients, who are not complacent, and who are intelligent enough to see the big picture.
What I get is you, Molly/Mary. What’s wrong with CPEP is your narrow-minded, illogical, inarticulate justification that it’s okay to treat people badly. What I would like more than anything in the
world is to lock you in your own unit, without special privileges. How would you like that, Molly/Mary?