We know New Orleans needs better mental health facilities, so why don’t we have them?

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CaptureOur city’s shortcomings are much more glaring after the tragedy we saw earlier this week in the Gert Town section of New Orleans.

23-year-old Chelsea Thorton killed her two children. She shot and murdered her 3-year-old son, and then when the gun jammed in the murder attempt of her 4-year-old daughter, she drowned her in the bathtub.  This is beyond a tragedy.

Chelsea Thorton apparently has a mental disorder.  Not only because she killed her kids but because family and friends have said as much.

New Orleans comes up woefully short when it comes to mental health staff, facilities, and treatment.  We all know this.  It’s been discussed and talked about since Katrina.  And we basically have done nothing about it. Throw in a public school system, that until recently, was the worst school in America, and you’ve got the perfect elixir to see such a tragedy take place in our city.

One also has to wonder why 23-year-old, unemployed, Chelsea Thorton was having kids in the first place?   Because she can?!?   Kids having babies, with little to no education, with a mental health condition?!?

Makes this weeks awful situation seem almost expected.