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Professionally I am a Marriage Family Therapist with a private practice in Danville. I also work at John Muir Behavioral Health Center in the Assessment…
I actually re-read my comment - and have to re-tract my ending statement - "people who cannot care for themselves." It is inaccurate. I retract and apologize for the emotional, but inaccurate comment. If you are looking for a model of recovery that would enhance our goal of "helping" - read Dr. Ragins "A Road to Recovery," the director of "The Village" in Long Beach.
Thank you for this thoughtful article. As a parent of a son with paranoid schizophrenia I fully support any efforts in supporting Laura's Law. It is not a solution or panacea - but an avenue of setting up the possible path to wellness. My son has been given the opportunity by this county for long term treatment in an IMD - but due to budget limitations and the pervasive pressure of the sheer numbers of chronic mentally ill who need treatment, they dropped his conservatorship, gave him a BART ticket and said "good luck." Four months later he was paranoid, delusional, homeless and without support of any kind. This is human suffering at it's worst.
So nine months of funds to support his care, for the purpose of stabilization and possibly to help him gain some insight and thus take responsibility for his own path to wellness were wasted. Short sighted decision making, intended to save money up front are costing this county monies that would otherwise set another human being on the path to having some successes in life.
We are convinced that forced outpatient services under the conservatorship would have given him a chance at life. Instead, I am back to calling the police - my only resource - who continue to escort him out of the house and wish him well... We need to support Laura's Law - but further, we need funding to build long term facilities and to improve quality of care, and we need the guts to force outpatient treatment while maintaining conservatorships, which creates a better hope for this marginalized population, who cannot care of themselves.
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