Small Psychiatric Prison Unit Coming To Oregon

Language is important. Language is about communication. Language is also about lying. When disinformation is as common as it is, you get a lot of lies. Lies are about saying one thing so that you can do another thing altogether. When we don’t give a little thought to the words that are being used, we let people get away with murder.

Case in point, a news story on central Oregon’s runs Region’s Secure Mental Facility Set to Open.

A mental health facility, Deschutes Recovery Center in Bend, will house 16 state mental health patients and is set to open next Tuesday.

So far so good until you get to the next paragraph.

“It’s secure, meaning people can’t come and go as they wish out the front door. But when you are inside the facility, we really want it to be home-like,” Kevin McChesney, regional director of operations for Telecare, said Tuesday night.

The “facility” is not being called a hospital? That’s the problem with most state hospitals. We call them hospitals but they are actually prisons. Calling the place a “facility” doesn’t make it a “hospital” or a “prison”, but keeping people from coming and going as they wish makes the place a prison. This “secure” is of the same order as that security seen at a maximum or a minimum security prison.

Just imagine, in the distant future maybe they will only be required to wear electronic house arrest monitoring ankle bracelets. What have we got here? We’ve got a homey little prison. Enjoy.

“We are a secure facility, so the doors are locked. But we are not the state hospital, we are a community placement,” [Jay] Harris said.

Whatever that means!? I think he is trying to say this “facility” will be a prison occupying space in a community.

“We really wanted it to be home-like because we want people to like it here,” McChesney said. “We want to demystify what the insides of these programs look like.”

Oh, yeah. We’re all about “demystification” alright. We just can’t go so far as to call a prison a prison.

Officials say patients will live there for two to three years, depending on their recovery.

Translation: The inmates at this psychiatric prison will be serving sentences of from two to three years length.

There is also talk in this article about “recovery”. This “recovery” remains undefined. Perhaps it has something to do with the inmates release from the homey prison in which they will be spending out their sentences.

I fear that we may have the beginning of a trend here. Perhaps rather than confining inmates to large state psychiatric prisons at a remove from the community, in the future they will be confined to smaller community located psychiatric prisons. From what I’ve seen, this seems to be the direction we are moving in.

12 Responses

  1. Community placement – what does that mean? Whatever it is I guess it will be underpinned with a framework of key performance initiatives. It will be evidenced according to the evaluative experience of the outcomes to core consumers and stakeholders.


    Liars lie because otherwise they wouldn’t get away with what they are doing. I used to apologize for them, thinking that maybe they actually thought they were doing good. But no more. I hate their guts.

    If this is allowed to continue it will get to the stage where the public wise up all at once. Those in power will have no choice but to dispense with their pathetic bullshit and use force.

    • I imagine community placement is about putting, or keeping them, in the community. Even if in the community means segregated from the community at large as in this case of confinement. Perhaps they’re given the choice between the state hospital or the recovery center. One might be better off in the state hospital when going to this recovery center means, in the most ordinary of circumstances, a two to three year sentence. Either way, in point of fact, you’d be entering a psychiatric prison.

      “Core consumers and stakeholders”, that’s the problem, isn’t it? Tricks and marks, every one of them. People are just so damned gullible. The human capacity to deceive oneself is really amazing. Some do it by going to church, others do it by believing their government, and still others do it by being persuated that there is something wrong with them for which they need help.

      People are so used to listening to lies, it’s second nature not to see things for exactly what they are. Torture is treatment, poison is medicine, confinement is “voluntary”, and imprisonment is convalesence. Bullshit. Of course, bullshit can’t be bullshit as long as the lying authorities tell their lies, and their gulls buy those lies. Object, and get even more bullshit. Oh, this one “lacks insight”, that is, he or she disagrees with us, and we’ve got all the power muscle can supply. Blind indifferent brute force, of course, is construed as “caring help”

      The public is not going to wise up without a long and hard struggle on the part of survivors of the system. Nothing is ever given. It must be demanded. It must be won. It won’t be given over easily. I’m talking about human rights here. People have to know that those rights are being violated, and people don’t know if they’re not told. They won’t know a lie for a lie unless someone shows them.

  2. Psychiatric hospitals are prisons?

    What you lack in political correctness, you make up for in brutal honesty.
    A good video by fellow Texan, John Breeding, Ph.D. –

    Duane Sherry, M.S.

    • Psychiatric hospitals aren’t hospitals, they are prisons.

      Yeah, I’m refraining from the tendency to OD on PC. Some people I think have caught that “disease”. I think, for instance, there is a virtue in being able to call a spade a spade, and a prison a prison.

      I’ve seen some of the videos produced by John Breeding. As I said in the post about Erica Jong’s response to the Tucson tragedy, Dr. John Breeding’s videos are definitely worth viewing. He has a website, named after a book he authored, that anybody interested in more information on him, and what he does, should visit. This website is called The Wildest Colts Make The Best Horses. I encourage people to go there, and find out more.

      • I had the opportunity to testifiy at the Texas legislature with John Breeding in 2009.

        We were involved with several bills, in committee hearings – both senate and house.

        We did our best to stop the bills that were written to expand marketshare for pharma – while preying on children in Medicaid and foster care.

        John’s done it before… many times.

        I learned a lot from him. John’s a good man!

        Duane Sherry, M.S.

      • Prisons?

        … You got that right !!!


  3. Having shitcanned Telecare above there’s always the possibility that these private (though taxpayer funded) operations rescue some people from something worse.

    • Definitely, I’m not debating “private” versus public here. The public institutions make a big to do about that kind of thing sometimes, trying to hold onto jobs & suchlike, but they’re hardly sweethearts. There are “private” institutions in which many bad things happen, the big name on the market these days, for instance, Psychiatric Solutions, runs facilities in which there have been many allegations of misconduct and abuse. The nanny state is the nanny state, and privatisation is not of, and in itself, all negative. “Private” companies also run prisons. This brings up a lot of ethical issues all the same. We’ve got prisons in some states in the USA importing their prisoners from other states. This doesn’t make a “private” psychiatric prison any less of a prison than a “public” psychiatric prison. “Private” or public, as long as the “patient” inmates are not allowed to come and go at will, as they please, they are as much prisoners as the people are in those penitentiaries under “private” or public control. There is nothing medicinal about taking away a person’s human rights and civil liberties. In one instance, it’s a matter of punishment, in the other, it’s bullshit because the claim is that doing so has something to do with medicine. It doesn’t.

  4. Duane, I have no doubt about John Breeding being a good man. I think he’s done a lot for people, especially young people, suffering from psychiatric oppression. He’s just a state or two over from me in Texas, too. I’m in Florida. I hope I get the chance to meet him someday. Our locations are in close enough proximity that I feel certain our paths will cross in the future.

    • Texas has been a hardcore state when it comes to drugging kids (especially foster care), and many of us are grateful for the work John has done.

      I’m sure John will be glad to meet you, when you come to Texas

      Thanks for all you’re doing to get the word out with your blog!

      My best,


  5. Psychiatry is making a third kind of status of a person other than a free citizen or a criminal. It should be one or the other, a criminal or a free citizen. The belief that drugs magically make people lawful and good is crazy. People chose to be good or bad. Being forced to be “good” is keeping someone as a child. The adult-child will likely dislike or get angry at this control and loss of freedom. But this anger then fulfills psychiatries prophecy that the person is mentally ill and needs to be controlled.

    • I agree with you, Mark. I don’t think we need an insanity defense in effect exonerating people from all accountability. Perhaps, as it works in some places, people could be found Guilty By Reason of Insanity. I’m not talking about petty misdemeanor type offenses here. I’m talking about murder. When a person has committed a serious crime that person needs to do some kind of penance. It would be nice to know that the offender came to acknowledge wrong doing.

      Over reliance on chemical compounds is its own critique. If a person is as lethargic and unmotivated as some of these drugs will make a person, that isn’t a good thing. So this individual didn’t commit a crime. Instead we commit a crime on this individual by giving him or her a chemical lobotomy. I’ve always thought neuroleptic drugs had more to do with social control than anything else.

      As I’ve pointed out previously, adult-child is an oxymoron. Where do we refer to adults as adult-adults? The age of consent should change a person’s relationship to his or her parents, and to the rest of the world as well. When you’ve got an adult, you’ve got someone who should be treated like an adult. The mental health/illness system is notorious for treating adults like children. One might well say that in so doing the mental health/illness system is notorious for keeping adults children.

      The play world, the pretend world, the mental health treatment world is one big whopper of a lie that scarcely anybody is touching. The parenthetic treatment world, the world in parenthesis, as opposed to the “real” world of nuts and bolts, bread and bacon. It pains one to make an obvious point out of this. People don’t have to live their lives in parentheses. The popularity of the psychiatric disabilities field is laughable. I’ve heard the word self-parody used on at least one occasion. You’ve got to give a little bit of thought to the matter before you remove the mental patient fragile psyche gloves though, or maybe you could manage it by just advancing a few paces along the avenue outside of a locked ward.

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