David, In less than 24 hours, you will be coming home. You will have completed yet another stay in a care facility. As much as the facility would have us believe differently, there is no cure for your condition. I explained it once to you, maybe you remember? I also told you there is no cure for the condition you were born with. You have something called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is within a group of disorder known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Like Autism, there are wide variations in the symptoms that people with this condition have. This is why we see so many specialists. Why do you have this? When your birth mom was pregnant with you, she did a lot of things that were not healthy for you, these included using drugs and alcohol. As much as I want to say that she is evil, I can’t.
Ironically, the day after we receive notice of denial of coverage of services for our son, is the anniversary of his placement at the current facility. It has been one year since we placed David in a facility 500 miles from home. Today, I am struggling with the stress of not knowing where we are at with my youngest son’s mental health treatment. The denial of continued care is weighing heavily on my mind, and it will be Tuesday before I can file any appeals. He deserves better than this from the system that is responsible in part for his care. When we adopted him, he was ordered by the court to have complete state sponsored medical coverage until he turns 18. This is Medicaid. It isn’t safe for anyone for him to come home. Even the staff that works with him day to day has said that. A month
First, let me start by defining PRTF for our readers. Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. (PRTF) David is a resident at a PRTF about an hour north of our house. Today, we received notice that his stay there is coming to an end. The reasons that we were given: Hyperactivity is getting worse. Aggressive behaviors are increasing. Concerns: Behaviors are decreasing beyond what we can manage here. the psychologist says testing shows mental health needs are increasing. Reality levels are decreasing. Needs a residence with decreased stimulation. David is not benefiting from being at the facility. At this point, there are no facilities that we know of that can take our 12 year old boy. =========== To say that we are heartbroken is an understatement. We are also very frustrated. They are licensed by the state to care for kids like David. Yet we are at this point. The nearest facility