Wow.You know. The BIL works for county mental health. He often laments how difficult it is to get treatment for someone. There are many rules in place to protect the rights of the patient, and prevent abuse of the system. Getting someone treatment has turned into a catch-22.
Yes, through this story we can easily see how a family refuses to step forward and do something about a family member when the consequences are straight-up incarceration in prison only.
Yep, THAT is the real elephant in the room...
Yes. My neighbor fostered a boy who periodically had to be removed by police and confined because of mental illness. It was bad enough when he was 12, but when he became a towering, muscular 17 year old it was downright scary.
One of our neighbors has a son that went berserk one day. I don't know if he was having problems, but one day we saw cops at their house and later learned that he had lost it and attacked his father.
One of our EMT instructors had a bi polar daughter and on Saturday she told us how impossible it is to help her. She is over 18 and if she refuses treatment there is nothing to do. It's been a scary nightmare for her.