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May 20, 2009

The links below carry original graphic art by Regina Coeli deWinter ("Cate" to most of us at Care2)  Her presentation is called "The Journey."  I was drawn to the graphic entitled "Over the Bridge and On My Way."

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/rc-dewinter.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=737 

Over the Bridge and On My Way

Since bridges are one of AIMI's images used in our advocacy, I particularly enjoyed seeing Cate's view of what it looks like in her mind's eye to be over the bridge.  Lovely! 

That is what AIMI members try to help incarcerated mentally ill people do - cross the bridge back to wholesome living, which for many means they need to participate in an Assisted Outpatient Therapy program combining mandated treatment and subsistence assistance.  As you may know, participants in NY experienced better than an 85% reduction in homelessness, arrests, hospitalizations, and re-arrests compared to their lives three years prior to joining the Kendra's Law program.  


Bridges of Madison County by bridgepix
Bridges of Madison County 

Many people who are bipolar or schizophrenic, the two most severe types of mental illness, are likely to be jailed at some point if they are not in therapy.  Some of these are very intelligent - even gifted! - people who do not make wise health care choices.  Some amazingly talented people are imprisoned repeatedly as a result of their lack of treatment.  It does not have to be that way, because offenders could be court-ordered into community care.

 
Sunset on the Golden Gate Bridge by Wiggum03
Sunset on the Golden Gate Bridge 


Hope you open the link and enjoy Cate's art with me!  Below is another lovely bridge photograph to enjoy and be reminded how important it is for our representatives to decriminalize mental illness and opt for a more humane and financially prudent alternative to prison that also promotes public safety - AOTs for non-violent mentally ill offenders and hospitals for violent sick people.


Millennium Bridge at Twilight by kayodeok
Millennium Bridge at Twilight


BLESSINGS!

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
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