The history of mental health throughout the world is rife with attempts to “help” and “do good work”. I accept as a premise that Libertarian social engineering is not any better than that of Democrats or Republicans who have had good intentions. It is my commitment to provide a comprehensive statement of the plans that I would work to implement with the legislature.
Our team is still in the process of developing a comprehensive statement. But, unlike many of the others in this race, we don’t want to rush for the sheer purpose of having something for people to read. Most of the plan is being announced on May 9, 2018 at the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Michigan Chapter – State Conference in Traverse City. Unlike most others in the race, I intend to use the experience to learn more about the public policy aspects of mental illness — and listen to concerns.
I take as a given that we live in a world of limited resources. So, any plans must live within the Michigan budget constraints I’ve outlined in my “Drop the Cap” proposal.
That having been said – much of the discretionary budget in Michigan is wasted on unproductive items. The top of that list is the Michigan Strategic Fund – much of which provides support to profitable business operations which should not receive government assistance. I’ve outlined my support for legalization of marijuana and a specific commitment to reduce our prison population by 30%. As such, I will outline specific proposals to assist the Michigan Department of Public Health develop innovative programs.
Mental health itself carries a very controversial purpose within the larger liberty movement. It is not our goal to define and monitor normal. Instead, the role of public policy should be to ensure our citizens have access to REAL programs which help them realize their own dreams. Too often, mental health assistance has been stigmatized and isolated from being integrated with the other important socialization systems — education and work.
Our proposal, when announced (tentatively on June 22), will provide a clear new direction for people struggling in Michigan. And, like everything else, we tell you exactly how we’re going to pay for it. Stay tuned!