SAM HALL: Spare us righteous indignation over mental health cuts

The letter urged Bryant to call a special session to help fix deep cuts to mental health. It was signed by most of the Democrats in the Legislature, along with Ed LeGrand, the former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

As someone said last week, it takes some gall for LeGrand and most of those Democrats to sign this letter. After all, they are more responsible for the sad shape of mental health care in Mississippi than Bryant or the current Republican legislative leadership.

LeGrand and Democrats resisted efforts to build up community-based health care for patients with mental illness. They argued against the successes being found in other states and the advice of mental health experts who wanted to reform our pitiful system in Mississippi. So they should spare us all the righteous indignation.

Clarion Ledger
5/16/16