SMI – Serious Mental Illness The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which defines SMI (Serious Mental Illness) as: A mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and substance use disorders); Diagnosable currently or within the past year; Of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the 4th edition of the Diagnostic…
Category: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
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Playing with fire
I feel like we are playing with fire here. Admittedly, David also likes to play with fire. David admitted to that too. We had blamed another child for the small fires. David claims that it was him that did the deed. We have not had any of the fires during any of the periods when…
Risk Assessment – Hope, Dreams and Fear
What do you do when you need to balance the mental illness of one child against the wellness of a whole family? Do you allow the mentally ill and potentially very violent child to return home? Or do you push for another residential placement?