Questions about what was done to help Gus Deeds must be answered, but there is no question funding is needed.
If Gus were anyone else’s son, Creigh Deeds would still be in tears today. The kind-hearted state senator wears his emotions on his sleeve, those who know him can attest. He’s also quick to offer help to those in distress, and dependable in following through on his promises long after others’ good intentions fade.
But Gus is Deeds’ son, and that makes this week’s events all the more shocking. If a state senator’s son cannot get the treatment he needs in a mental health crisis, how many thousands of fathers and mothers across the commonwealth are living with their own despair, their suffering no less real just because it takes place outside of the headlines?