This letter, written by Harvey Rosenthal, responded to an ugly headline in the New York Post. The article discussed New York's attempts to enhance community programs, improve hospital discharge planning, and make the lives of all New Yorkers better.
The headline, "Cost Of Kooks & Junkies," brought this response from Harvey Rosenthal, NYAPRS.
To the Editor,
The quality of the Post's coverage has sunk to an outrageously low level in a headline editor's choice of 'Cost of Kooks and Junkies' in describing new state initiatives designed to improve care and reduce avoidable hospital costs for New Yorkers with serious mental health and substance use conditions.
Your contempt for the vulnerable among us, which can amount to 1 in 4 Americans, is wholly reprehensible, as is your desire to sell papers by playing to public prejudices that only advance stigma and discrimination and make it harder for many of us to reach out for the help we need and deserve.
We demand that the Post publish a public apology for this specious characterization and require its editors to be disciplined and re-educated.
We call on the public to join us in writing to the Post to decry this despicable practice.
NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services