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Jul 23, 2009

Group homes are frequently used to house mentally ill persons in their communities.  For many people, this is successful.  However, even group home directors are not allowed to force patients to take their meds.  Residents may cooperate better with treatment in group home settings than when living among their relatives, but ultimately, it is incumbant upon the residents to decide whether or not to accept treatment.  This has caused problems. 

My NowPublic article "One homeless mentally ill man kills another" concerns an acute mental patient with a long psychiatric history who was sentenced by a judge to a mental hospital after he committed aggravated assault.  The mental hospital dismissed him after just six months into a Miami, FL group home, and the man killed his roomate and left the home.  He wandered homeless for weeks until he killed a mentally ill veteran who was sleeping in the park.  A few years ago a group home resident in NY attacked and stabbed a baby in her carriage while she was being taken on an evening stroll by her nanny.  More inpatient space is needed.

Rep. Johnson (TX-30) introduced H.R. 619 to resume Medicaid payments for care in mental institutions (withdrawal of these funds helped cause hospital closings).  Contact your representatives to help get the bill passed:  www.house.gov/writerep/  

Group homes and community care are not suitable for all patients.  Mandatory treatment is needed, and only hospitals can enforce treatment.  Long-term hospitalization is often needed.  However, low funding caused serious bed shortages.  The prisons have the big budgets, not hospitals that could prevent crimes.  Hospital stays are shortened to the point that patients are dismissed who should not be.  Did you read about Yong Pak in the article associated with this photo?  She killed her mom within 12 days of early release from the mental hospital.  http://my.nowpublic.com/health/assisted-outpatient-treatment-program-mentally-ill-vs-jail

These are worst-case scenarios.  Please know that most mentally ill people are non-violent and are more likely to be hurt by others than to do harm. However, I believe that group homes should have the right to enforce treatment in order to save the patients and their communities.  My brother would frequently awaken and leave his group home before medicines were dispensed.  Residents have too few restrictions.  If they choose not to obey the few rules that are imposed, expulsion sometimes results in homelessness.

If the same or less money than what is now being used to have trials and imprison Singleton, the Florida murderer, the NY schizophrenic child attacker, and Yong Pak had been used for their long-term hospitalization, three people would be alive and a baby and her nanny would have been safe on their evening stroll, plus the patients would not be in prison.  There was zero savings to taxpayers, and much avoidable tragedy. 

ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM vs. JAIL FOR MENTALLY ILL
http://my.nowpublic.com/health/assisted-outpatient-treatment-program-mentally-ill-vs-jail

 ENFORCED TREATMENT vs. PRISON FOR ACUTE MENTAL PATIENTS and UPDATES, by MARY NEAL http://my.nowpublic.com/health/enforced-treatment-vs-prison-acute-mental-patients-and-updates-mary-neal

WRONGFUL DEATH OF LARRY NEAL
http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com

ANNOUNCING ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL http://my.nowpublic.com/health/announcing-assistance-incarcerated-mentally-ill-aimi


Here is the video that illustrates life behind bars for our mentally ill citizens:

VIDEO:  Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons 

More photographs and data is at the links below.  Let me know if you have an trouble opening them, please.

Care2 Blog:  http://www.Care2.com/c2c/Share/Sharebook/513396753

AIMI Photo Album:
  http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/217/513396753/AIMI_Photo_Album/

 

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And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ~ Matthew 25:40

Prison is not the appropriate response
to mental illness.  Assisted Outpatient
Programs are between 85% to 97%
effective in eliminating homelessness,
incarceration, and hospitalization among
program participants, saving money and
promoting safety to the patients and
their communities.

 

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Posted: Thursday July 23, 2009, 5:55 am
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