Today's Chicago Tribune reports that Somerset Place nursing home, which has 66 felons (we're shocked - shocked!) among its 400 residents, will be shut down due to violence and abuse. So much for the Vulnerable Adults Protection Act.
On the other hand, think about how well this law served Daniel J. Cuneo, Ph.D. for the last four and a half years. Without it, Dr. Cuneo would never have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in state consulting contracts!
But wait... Cuneo's "clinical expertise" in identifying dangerous people was exactly what was supposed to protect Grandma and Grandpa, and it sure didn't work if they were living at Somerset Place. Guess what folks? Dan Cuneo's a fraud, and the state is wasting our tax dollars by paying him anything.
We want to believe bad people are just sick, and they can be "diagnosed" and "treated" rather than punished. Guess what folks? Forensic psychiatry is a fraud, and we are wasting too many people's lives by believing in it.
The mentally ill simply are not "patients" who belong in nursing homes or hosiptals, and they are not "sick" in the same sense as people with medical diseases. If we don't stop kidding ourselves, we're going to have to see Grandma get raped and Grandpa beat up.
And we're going to have to keep getting ripped off big-time by Dan Cuneo and his ilk.