Niki - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I need some new perspective because the one I have currently is very poor. Our son is 13 and has been diagnosed since he was 8. I have no good resources any more and I am burned out. Our State has no good interventions in place. Community mental health is broken and this is the only psych support chip's will give. They would rather see him handled as juvenile delinquent than a treatable mentally ill person, his prior diagnoses don't mean anything to those with the power to do something about it. We spent time with all manner of people in our community system, when he becomes violent we can call cops who have no-place to take him. When he threatens to hurt himself we can take him to the hospital and spend hours waiting for a crises worker to come and tell us that he is no longer in crises therefor they cannot place him for observation. If he hurts one of us we can file an assault charge that will take 2-4 weeks to be resolved in a court room. By the time he gets there the consequence means very little in relation to the act that got him there. And while we wait he is in our home because they will not place him elsewhere.