Thursday, December 12, 2013
My son has been in a group home for 4 and 1/2 weeks after being released from the hospital. The original service plan and the one we were prepared for called for him to go into another program for 6 months and then to be released into an apartment with the help of his case manager. He was continually updated as to when he would be going, that is until Tuesday. He went to see his doctor and was told he was fine, to get out and find an apartment as in the same day.
This threw all of us into a panic. I called and talked to the woman who had been advocating for him and she said sometimes this is how it went. She was able to get him one more night at the group home and his case manager was going to help him on Wednesday by going over the housing list and looking at a couple of places. Early Wednesday morning the case manager called and said she was too busy to help...and told him to call his parents. He was to be out that same day. No help, no nothing, nada.
The only place we could find for him was the same place he moved out of when he went into the hospital. It is not an ideal place to live, but it is a roof over his head. We had to shop for everything from bedding to pots n pans. He had lost everything. Over the past 15 years we have had to do this over and over. We were able to find him a chair, but no bed. I hope we can find an affordable one quickly. There is so much he needs, but we have limited funds. His Social Security paid for the deposit and rent.
I know that all the monies for these programs have been cut, but really, just dump mentally ill people out to the street and just hope for the best?!!! What about those without family?