The Northeast Kingdom Human Services and the Safe Choice Program are another one of the dismal tentacles of the Industrial Prison Complex. These are state funded programs that are tasked with “rehabilitating” mentally impaired/developmentally disabled (DD) individuals who for different reasons have ended-up in these “halfway house” facilities.
As I have shown before in my other assessments of the Industrial Prison Complex this is about money. The agency gets upwards to $100,000 per individual annually. For this price this should be a progressive program with experts on developmental disability, learning impairments, social anxieties, etc. implementing the top research based treatments, this is called Restorative Justice.
These FRAGILE individuals need special care, that is why the public are willing to pay more taxes to provide such services. Not only do we NOT have the special care (we pay for) in this arm of Human Services, but we have ABUSE! The already traumatized, confused and outcast individuals of Our Society are being traumatized and confused more by the very services that are supposed to help them function in society.
The problem with the structuring of such services is; rehabilitation is the very thing that destroys their funding. Without crime, Private Prisons are obsolete, as with this branch of Human Services, rehabilitation is bad for business. People think things like this would never happen, especially in Vermont. It is hard to believe how low our moral and ethical standards are in the year of 2011. $$$
Spread the word and give a voice to the “voiceless” let your Governor know you want an independent review of these programs. Sign our petition – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/vermont—investigate-the-abuse-of-quotdevelopmentally-disabled-offendersquot/