Services Epic Fail

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?
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    Julie sorry this response is so late i just got so side tacked with stuff. so sorry you have to deal with and have more than once . I wonder why we can't take care of our own .... time to get off my soap box and just send some hugs your way and hope that now things are going well for your son and the rest of the family. emoticon emoticon
    1949 days ago
    Sending hugs to you and to your son. The treatment of the mentally ill should be 1/2 as good as they treat PRISONERS! I am so sorry for all your going through. As the Mom of a son with bi-polar disorder I've seen this myself over and over again. One of the biggest things that sets these kids/adults off is insecurity and "change". Especially rapid change.

    I'm in Tucson, if I can help you get some things together please, let me know. I have family here that is wonderful and we'd be more than willing to help you. Please, just drop me a note if your interested. We have quite a "network" here and they are all wonderful people.

    Hugs and prayers coming your way....
    1954 days ago
    I am so sorry this is happening to you and your son! You will be in my prayers! Sending you lots of hugs!
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    1954 days ago
    wow. that was an epic fail. emoticon
    1955 days ago
    I am literally speechless Julie ............ It is appalling to think one is told to "just go" ............. I wish I were there physically to help gather some 'things' up to help furnish ............... I send hugs but more importantly prayers to you and him .............. My goodness! emoticon
    1955 days ago
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