I am saddened by the NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) tenor of the opinion piece authored by John Peschong (June 28), regarding the purported rejection of a proposed mental health facility by Templeton citizens and the Templeton Community Services District.
There is a major shortage of treatment options for those in this community with mental health issues. San Luis Obispo Mental Health only has nine beds, which are chronically full.
The vast majority of individuals suffering from mental illness are your neighbors, friends and children who are nonviolent and can function superbly with proper medication and treatment.
Many students in the Templeton School District suffer from ADD/ADHD, and are on medication prescribed by personal physicians who may or may not have mental health expertise.
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We can no longer rely on law enforcement to treat the mentally ill by locking an unstable person in county jail with little or no treatment until a bed becomes available.
That Reagan-esque approach was wrong in the 1980s and it’s wrong now. The tone of the article was one of fear, born of ignorance, and it’s about time Templeton stepped up and embraced treatment options here — not in someone else’s backyard.