Liability. Dictionary.com defines it as: noun, plural liabilities. 1. liabilities. moneys owed; debts or pecuniary obligations (opposed to assets ). Accounting. liabilities as detailed on a balance sheet, especially in relation to assets and capital. 2. something disadvantageous: His lack of education is his biggest liability. 3. Also,liableness. the state or quality of being liable: When David is discharged in 48 hours, we may have a period where things are good. Great even. A period where there is no violence. His previous history shows us that this won’t last. So what do we do? We are told that we need to call 911. That is the extent of the safety plan at this point. He will come out of a facility where he had 24/7 support to home where I can’t provide that level of care. So knowing David like we know David. When the volcano that is his temper
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 and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV); and, Resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. So, what does this have to do with David? David came to us when he was 18 months old. We became his parents, legally, 6 months later. In truth, since he was just months old, he has been a part of our lives. Mom had a home daycare. And we filled in as needed for his foster family‘s day care provider. David is 15 now, in the blink of an
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?