Friday, March 21, 2014


They change the paperwork
and the people at the top,
but I am still alone
without any help at all.
They hold press conferences
telling everyone how good
things will be now
for those of us
with a psychiatric label,
but ask us
and we will tell you
things are getting worse.
Less money for services
cannot mean anything
but poorer services
no matter if they
change the paperwork
and people at the top.
They may fool the public
with their evil ploy,
but even with a psychiatric label
we know you cannot
do more with less.
What a joke they are
and they label us.
Who are the crazy ones here?

© Ed Cooper, March 21, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
    All rights reserved

This poem is dedicated to the states of North Carolina and Florida and all other states who are trying to use the same ruse of less money but better services by reorganizing and redoing the paperwork.  Another identifying con is allowing persons with lived experience token participation in the decision making process and claiming a full participatory process.  They also have failed to implement recovery or person-centered services even though they claim to have done both. 

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