I left Valley Mental Health when my doctor decided not to work for Valley Mental Health anymore. I am a person with a severe traumatic brain injury. My hobbies are very therapeutic for me, helping me to think out my problems. My hobbies have helped so I do not need to take as much medication.
The administration cut the Pathways program, run by therapists, that helped stabilize severely mentally ill clients. I never had a need for Pathways, but if someone took my hobbies away from me, I would have a need for more medication—it’s also possible I would need to be hospitalized at taxpayers’ expense.
All the administration of Valley Mental Health cares about is excessive salaries, not the treatment of the mentally ill. At a time the health-care costs are out of control, Valley Mental Health would rather medicate and hospitalize the severely mentally ill, at taxpayers’ expense.
In the well-written City Weekly cover story on circumcision ["Circumcision Decision," Sept. 17], the God of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions is credited with beginning this practice: God demands that the 99-year- old Abraham cut off his foreskin in order to prove his loyalty.