During the course of events known as the Paradise Center Scandal the sources of information have come via email, blog comments and phone calls. Some have told me information and asked that it not be blogged, quite yet.
Yesterday I got two emails with some interesting information. And someone who helped Paradise Center make its move to their new location sent me pictures of the group having fun setting up their new place, including pictures of the infamous POD.
I'll stick some of the pictures in this blog post for your viewing pleasure and the two emails I just referred to.
The first email, from someone anonymous, is an update on the ongoing process of getting the new Paradise Center up and running, along with a bit of info about how the old "Drop-In" center is doing...
The next email, also from an anonymous someone, might help wise up MHMR and Jim McDermott as to how this entire sad situation might have played out without a scandal.....
Look at this site. It is an upfront way of doing what MHMR tried to do in a sneaky, profitable way. They took the consumer-run organization, Paradise Center, completely out of the equation.
This is a power point presentation at the New York Psychosocial Rehab Conference. I've attended one in Atlanta. These guys are on the cutting edge of what is going on in the mental health consumer world.
This is what COULD have happened, had we known that Bravo was even looking to add this service.
But Dr. McDermott, and the other MHMR folks, don't think that our little group of people are smart enough to take on something like that.
They have to think for us, you know, since we're all mentally ill. And they make choices for us, too. We forgot to do our part and sit in the corner and drool.
If you did not already know, you can now go to the Paradise Center website and make a donation. I've been asked more times than I can count how one can make a donation to the Paradise Center. Just click on this paragraph and you will be brought to the webpage where you can make a donation.