Thursday, July 29, 2021

Comments by idan

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  • I wanted to respond to the locked door policy at Soteria Jerusalem. I understand why some might object, but I think their approach is still fundamentally different than traditional wards. House members arrive on a voluntary basis, and in the same way most drug rehabilitation facilities don’t allow residents to leave unattended because of high relapse rates in early sobriety, the staff in Jerusalem recognize psychosis can be hazardous (mainly to the person experiencing it and not necessarily others as is commonly misunderstood). Unlike closed wards where patients won’t see the light of day until they’re finally released, staff still go out with members on a regular basis. This is a difficult question and maybe the best policy is to recognize “if an individual cannot forcibly be detained under existing criminal laws, then we must tolerate their freedom if only to protect our own” ( With that said, I still think in most cases a supportive peer could convince most people to accept voluntary treatment founded on recovery principles.

  • This isn’t a matter of equal time. Robert was invited to speak in Israel after “Anatomy of an epidemic” was translated to Hebrew, during which time he visited and wrote about Israel’s emerging Soteria movement. MIA’s mission is to advance alternatives to the medical model, which is exactly what this article is trying to do. If that mission can be advanced by visiting the West Bank or Gaza, I would certainly support such a move.

    I find your concern for the rights and well being of the Palestinians commendable and understand how to the outside world Israel – the more powerful of two – can appear as the aggressor. I want to assure you that many Israelis share your concerns. But as an Israeli whose family and friends served in the IDF, it pains me to read some of the things written here and around the world. A more nuanced and careful reading of history will find that neither side is innocent of wrongdoing. It’s unfortunate that this discussion had to devolve in such a way.

  • The facility’s name is Hiram, and it’s been operating for several years as a mental health rehabilitation center. They recently expanded and added a Soteria home. The main center has some psychotic residents, but is generally designed for less acute cases and is structured around an agricultural work schedule (there’s nothing like growing clementines in Israel ha). The Soteria home is smaller and doesn’t require a work schedule (nevertheless residents are responsible for house chores).

    Hiram is owned and operated by the Meuhedet HMO and currently covers 1.5 months of treatment (although staff are in the process of trying to extend that further). Several other Israeli Soteria homes are working on contracts with additional HMOs, and I believe it’s just a matter of time until more are approved.