Now is the time for a National Conversation regarding mental health. With our congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., we may have difficulty getting on the dais. Why? Because an individual presenting testimony to any committee regarding Mental Health, may not always speak to the same platform as varying members of Congress. What does that mean? Most of the members of Congress appear to follow the party line. In order to effectively foster legislation to enhance the care that the mentally ill receive, we need to be able to reach across all party lines. It isn’t a Red or Blue issue. It is a human issue. Those who live with mental illness need regular, consistent and substantive help, not just when they are in crisis. We shouldn’t use the mentally ill to gain votes. In reading the proposed Murphy Bill H.R. 2646, there are many things I find disturbing. One of
This week, I learned the results of the latest Child and Protective Services (CPS) investigation. Because of allegations made by David, we believe he was attempting to manipulate the system to get to live where he wants rather than at home, there was a complaint made against me. The complaint said that I “was exploiting my son, that I threw him to the sidewalk, that I hugged him too much, as well as told him “I love you”, and that I was antagonizing him to provoke a response.” I wrote about it when I first learned of the investigation. Remember? There was an investigation before that regarding washing David’s mouth out with soap. Initially when the complaint in October came out, I met with a detective from the Sheriff’s office. From that meeting, I stated that I would change my son’s name to David for the purposes of this blog.
Today, David was placed in a psychiatric residential treatment facility. He was a bit nervous, but hid it well. Seems like a rather nice facility. Hopefully, he won’t be discharged against doctor’s orders again. For treatment to be successful, the decision to keep a patient in care shouldn’t be up to an insurance company. It is going to take time for our family to return to pre-chaos life. As much as we love having David in our home, we really don’t like the behaviors. In time, his siblings will feel like they don’t need to hide in their rooms. The current placement is an hour from our home so we can have frequent visits to him. The nice thing too is that we have family in the city, so we can couple the visit to David with a visit to other family. Wish David luck. Tweet #fighting4answrs