Several concerned citizens have been sending material to the Paradise Center Scandal blog, starting the day the scandal erupted into full SCANDAL mode on February 17.
Apparently the new MHMR Drop-In Center has been having only around 30 former Paradise Center consumers drop-in daily. Some of those who have dropped in have been very upset over the changes.
This morning I learned what NAMI is. Yesterday I was asked why NAMI was not involved in helping the Paradise Center recover from the MHMR-TC coup d'tat. Apparently there is a Tarrant County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
I've been told I will soon be sent photos documenting the current sad state of the former site of the Paradise Center.
The email below was part of some of the incoming Paradise Center info this morning. This email comes from someone in the NAMI organization outside of Tarrant County. It is from this email I learned that the Paradise Center Scandal blog is the de facto voice of advocacy in this county.
Dear Paradise Center,
We appreciated you letting us know about the scandal in Tarrant County. It is very disturbing, to say the least.
We're not exactly sure why your local NAMI chapter has chosen to do, or not do, what it did in relation to the clear wrongs perpetrated on your consumer-run nonprofit organization. Groups like yours are so few and valuable to the consumers, their families, and the whole community itself. And they are the most satisfying results of our grassroots organization's efforts on various fronts.
What happened to your group in Tarrant County is indeed a major step back for consumer empowerment and advancements against the destigmatization of the mentally ill.
Since each chapter is an independent affiliate, we will what we can in our limited power as a fellow chapter to help right this wrong before your groups suffers any more.
Please know that we think and pray for you all.
Sincerely, J. B.
P.S. We've followed the blog. Tell the blogger that it's been very helpful and effective in helping understand the facts and circumstances surrounding this troubling matter. We'd make him an honorary member if we could because his blog has been the de facto VOICE of Advocacy in your county. We'll check at the next convention.
National Alliance on Mental Illness