I was happy to see the editorial board of the Providence Journal throw its support behind Reed Cosper, Rhode Island’s mental-health advocate.
Operating out of crumbling offices in the Howard Complex in Cranston, Mr. Cosper, a lawyer, has relentlessly sought to help people suffering from illnesses still heavily stigmatized by many in society. These people find it difficult to obtain the quality of treatment that those with physical illnesses receive — although serious mental illness has physiological causes, too.
The Governor has indicated that it is “time for a change”. Those lucky enough to have made Mr. Cosper’s acquaintance are startled to find this intellectually nuanced and compassionate advocate in state government at all. He is quiet and unassuming and is probably surprised that he has been noticed. It is not possible to find a better person for this position and as long as he will agree to stay he should be allowed to stay.
[Additional note: Columnist Bob Kerr agrees. Read his piece in Sunday’s paper for the background of this dedicated and capable public servant.]