I had sent an email to Rep. Kathy Rapp in regards to the statement that seemed to imply that the majority of folks in State Hospitals were sex offenders. Below is her response to my email which I received on September 17, 2008 and have her permission to share it with others who shared my concerns. I have copy/pasted it into this post exactly as she wrote it, but I name in the greeting of the email for privacy reasons.
I apolagize if the comments upset you. My intention was not in any to offend anyone with a mental illness. My goal is to keep the forensic units open and especially ours in Warren. I never meant to imply that everyone is a sex offender. I hope that if you know my background in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, that your interpetation is not what I believe.
Also, here is a link to the original post I did on this issue … https://pamhi.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/call-to-action/