A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training event for Trauma Sensitive Schools. During that training, reference was made to a video on Youtube called “Removed”. This clip has a theme regarding foster care, as well as child abuse/neglect. This video is not for the fainthearted. It is powerful and speaks to child abuse/neglect as well as foster care. Note that the child carries their belongings in a garbage bag. There are initiatives that will collect suitcases and rolling bags for kids in foster care so that they don’t have to use garbage bags. The video is very accurate in it’s portrayal. I warn you in advance that it may trigger your emotions. Especially if this video is similar to a life that you led. Typically all of their belongings fit into the one garbage bag. This is a two part video. I am linking to part 1 today.
I am part of the Mental Health Advocacy Network in North Dakota. It is a coalition of advocates and agencies that is working to change the way mental health is viewed. To erase the stigma that comes with being mentally ill. In this video, it so eerily describes things that mirror what has happened in our family. It could very easily be David’s mother or myself in the role of parent, and David could easily be Garrett. These are real people telling their stories. North Dakota sponsored an interim study of the mental health study and that report was delivered in 2014. Known as the Schulte Report, it spoke volumes about the crisis in services here. Little has been done to resolve the crisis. We continue to see services cut. We continue to have to fight for care. Parents continue to struggle to help their children. People with mental illness
Compliance – Continued Medication Issues We are in week two of David’s not getting his medication as prescribed. Thus, he is out of compliance, though it appears to be a systems issue. Today, I contacted the detention unit, asked to speak to the medical person, and was transferred to him. When I asked what the issue was, the nurse said “he is not in compliance.” I asked, if he was refusing to take the medication, and rather than providing me an answer, he said “who is the probation worker?” (I use probation worker as a loose descriptor for the person involved in David’s case.) I explained who we are working with, and gave the nurse that information, as well as contact information for the worker. The nurse then said “thank you” and ended the call. So I called and left a message for the probation worker. I also called our