Clarendon Health Department's Mental Health Unit committed to decreasing May Pen's street people population
John Falconer and his team of Mental Health officers are very committed in removing as many of the street people living in the capital of Clarendon. The Clarendon Health Department's Mental Health Unit programme which started November 14, 2008 is ongoing -every second Friday of the month.
In November, 18 street people were medicated and fed. Mr. Falconer told the Gleaner today that three of them have since gone home to their families. The aim is to have them all returned to their homes eventually. He also said that depending on their state of mind they are not immediately removed from the streets.
There was one report that one of the 'patients' had reacted negatively to the medication given him. When asked, Mr. Falconer responded that he did not know about this and that those treated are monitored over the period between visits.
Mr. Falconer said that his team with the assistance of the Clarendon Lion's Club will be removing more of these dispossessed from the streets by the end of the month. The Club will be meeting tomorrow to set the date.
May Pen has over thirty unfortunate souls mainly men roaming the streets of May Pen. From time to time they have harmed pedestrians and destroyed vehicles. In one recent incident, the May Pen Police station was damaged in a stone throwing incident.