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Editorial: Dix agreement beneficial but more work is necessary

The Greenville Daily Reflector had a strong editorial on the Dix campus transfer controversy this morning. It highlights two main points:

#1 – The plan is generally good for the public interest:

“Gov. Beverly Perdue brushed aside her critics’ concerns last week by pushing through a plan that leases the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus to the city of Raleigh for use as parkland. Some Republican leaders called on Perdue to defer a decision to Governor-Elect Pat McCrory, but the resulting agreement preserves that open space, serving that community and the long-term interests of residents.”

#2 – The plan, however, highlights once more the state’s abysmal failure to serve persons with mental illness and disabilities:

“The lease agreement over Dix Hospital is projected to create a net gain for the state, but it should benefit those who rely on mental health services for care. North Carolina cannot continue to neglect this area of need without harmful repercussions, and morality dictates that it should not. In light of this deal, the state should move to add funding to mental health so that the benefit of shuttering Dix is shared with those who were pushed out its doors.”

3 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    December 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Reference Item 1. We don’t know that for sure. We are being told that by the Democrats but it needs to be verified. Pardon me for not trusting back room Democrat wheeling and dealing.

  2. JeffS

    December 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I agree that it should benefit mental health, but just how would we accomplish this?

    Earmark the funds? Create a trust fund? As recent GOP budgets have demonstrated, trust funds are easily raided. Designate the funds and they will simply subtract the amount from a different line item.

    Dix lease income, lottery profits, and even lawsuit settlements (think tobacco) are subject to the whims of the sitting legislature.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    December 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    From the governor’s ball to our state land, the folks of Wake County alway seem to profit at the expense of the rest of the state. This is not right.