Actress Bette Midler, she of "Beaches
" fame and more
, took to Twitter Wednesday to blame former POTUS Ronald Reagan for undermining mental health care in his time, and thus contributing to today's "intractable" problems surrounding the issue, reports News Busters
"It feels as if mental health treatment is one of the most intractable problems we have had since Ronald Reagan emptied the institutions," expressed Midler, who hasn't shied away
conservatives in times past.
Midler is referring to the the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, signed into law in 1967 by then-California governor Reagan. The aim of the bill, which went into effect in 1972, was "to end inappropriate involuntary commitment of mentally disordered persons and people with developmental disabilities" in the Golden State. Spearheaded by two Democrats and one Republican, the legislation was motivated by liberal-leaning activists of the era who wanted to, as PBS describes
it, allow for "the greatest degree of freedom, self-determination, autonomy, dignity for the individual while he or she participates in treatment or receives services."
In light of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's possible psychological troubles
, Midler's lamenting of the state of mental health treatment is understandable. But it would seem she's pointing the partisan finger in the wrong direction in this case.
Via News Busters and PBS