Thursday, August 7, 2008

DMH: The clock is ticking!

DMH: The clock is ticking!

Given the whole dilemma going on at DMH, the recent breaking news story about deaf man from Springfield, Missouri is enough to shake the foundations of DMH.

There is lawsuit needing to be initiated and get the ball rolling. The first step as per legal scholars suggested is to go to Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services. (MO P & A).

Their website is at

The wheels of justice is slowly moving into the right direction.

Who wants to help file lawsuits against Department of Mental Health? Time is now!

We cannot afford to wait for DMH to finish its window dressing and play chess games with us.

It is time to say "CHECKMATE"!

The game is over!

Too many Deaf and Hard of hearing have suffered without mental health services! My heart bleeds every minute that there is no mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people in the community. I did not have good sleep for the past year knowing how many are suffering. I have met some who are suffering. Some are suicidal and some are hell-bent angry. Where are the services? Zilch! Nada! Nothing!

Why wait for DMH to address those issues when they knew very well what we wanted years ago when Steve Hamerdinger presented the plan for professional mental health services for the deaf and hard of hearing. If DMH had adopted and followed through what Steve Hamerdinger and the deaf committee had proposed. that deaf man from Springfield, Missouri would not suffer!

It does NOT take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

It is the management at the top of DMH who are playing with numbers and the politicians have told us that the ball is in DMH's court. They provided the money so it is DMH who is being targeted.

DMH should be in the Deaf Community's crosshair until they have satisfied everything that the Deaf committee proposed few years ago.

Shall we begin the process of lawsuit against DMH?


Paul J. Kiel

August 7, 2008