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In Washington State, Obamacare is called Apple care. As you look through the list of services my son can have is Mental Health care. Kevin St. Jacquest says 1 in 4 Americans suffers from some form of Mental Illness. Finally,people can be seen if the cost has been an issue.Kevin is the boss of Sound Medical who treats the Mentally ill.
The real problem where I live however is having a bed for the mentally ill. Every Saturday
I visit my oldest son in a county jail north of Seattle. The large jail in Seattle was full. That means the floor where the mentally ill are housed.
When I sit down with my son and see his face through a television screen,I hear about his various cell mates, His current one is 18 years old and is to be sentenced to life in prison.
Something to do with a young child,I"m told. He had a 400lb cell mate in a tiny cell with him who never showers.  The things he did on the outside sound so obscene
to me that it serves no purpose to talk about them. Andrew ,my son.seems to care about them. He buys them food. The part of the jail he is in, now is a hospital.
nurses and doctors are there. If they keep their cells clean,they get pizza.
I have visited my son IN a Mental hospital and see little difference.
I can guess the bed shortage for the mentally ill is true in your state as well.You
should call your state government and ask for Mentally Ill funding to be increased.
In 5 weeks my son will be released from jail. He went into jail October 2nd. He will have
no supervision,no one to make him take his medications.He LIKES  jail.He gets out of the cold for awhile and can eat 3 times a day. He misses chasing Women.
As a Father, I AM doing all I can do to keep him safe and away from you. In our County,It"s not a crime to be ill so he has to do something first.We have a law in Washington State that sex offenders can civilly be held  after they have done jail time.  My Son Has committed act"s of Violence.He should be held until a bed is found for him.
Ticking "time bombs" are on every street corner in America.They kill children,students,
and adults.
Can my son who suffers from Schizophrenia,who hears voices,and suffers from other
mental issues hurt someone? yes he can.
Very few issues can affect you and your family more than that Man walking towards you.

 

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

    by Vet63 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:59:00 AM PST

  •  Virginia is at least talking about this problem (5+ / 0-)

    since a State Senator was nearly killed by his mentally ill son, who then killed himself. My heart goes out to you, it's so hard to deal with mental health problems in a child you love.

    You can put your shoes in the oven, but it won't make them biscuits.

    by quetzalmom on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:57:02 AM PST

  •  I just found a job in November for a trade assoc (1+ / 0-)
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    of Mental Health and Addiction agencies in NJ, I have had similar jobs in NY.

    Beds have always been too few, especially when they started closing all the hospitals with no alternatives decades ago.

    some good things have come along, but EVERY state has too few beds and too many in jails instead.  And the ACA will, in fact, make things much worse, in a sense.  I think it is less than half of those in need that get services now, with all the newly eligible people (EVERY person in a Medicaid expansion program or marketplace policy, and many in commercial group plans that now have to have parity for mental health services).  

    There is a shortage of professionals too.  The writing on the wall is clear, and some states are trying to plan for i,t though, in no case, is what is planned going to be enough to meet the need.  The feds have been incrementally increasing funding is specific areas, again, not enough.

    hopefully, market forces will actually work in this case, at least help some.

    THe near future doesn't exactly look bright, but it does look promising.

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 05:16:35 PM PST

    •  MRA NY (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree,now that more people CAN be seen,the amount
      of beds stay the same.It hurts to talk about my son all
      the time but he COULD be one of those who does something crazy. He already has thrown a microwave out
      a 10th floor window.He has set fires.The officials do nothing.
      Thanks for writing,
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 07:14:07 PM PST

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    •  I think it's the other way around. (1+ / 0-)
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      And the ACA will, in fact, make things much worse, in a sense.  I think it is less than half of those in need that get services now, with all the newly eligible people....
      Before Medicare started covering people with kidney failure, there was a shortage of dialysis machines and facilities, because they were expensive.  Then Medicare kicked in, facilities were built and people were trained and now it's relatively easy to find dialysis services.  Right now, inpatient and outpatient mental health are hard to find, because they are expensive.  Now Obamacare is kicking in with coverage.  Facilities will be built and people will be trained and in five or so years it will be relatively easy to find mental health services.  There's going to be a lag, things will not jump straight to perfect, but in a while it will be a lot better, because there's now a way to pay for it.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:23:58 PM PST

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      •  Calamity Jean (1+ / 0-)
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        If your saying beds will be added, great! laws need changing to make it easier to hold a person who has shown
        a defined mental illness and a history of violence.
        I don't want this person in jail,I want him in a group home to mounter him and be sure medications are being taken.
        My son is fine,if he takes his medications.I have another
        mentally ill son and I cant be in both places at once. The boys Mom has left.
        Thanks for writing,
        Mike

        Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

        by Vet63 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 08:20:52 AM PST

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        •  Yes, beds will be added, because they can (2+ / 0-)
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          be paid for.  It will take a while, and you are right that things will get worse right away because there will be a lot of pent up demand for services.  Ten years from now things will be so much better, it will be like night and day.  

          "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

          by Calamity Jean on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 09:14:26 PM PST

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          •  Calamity Jean (1+ / 0-)
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            I hope I"m alive to see it. Imagine, a country that treats
            the Mentally Ill!
            Mike

            Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

            by Vet63 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 08:09:56 AM PST

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            •  I hope you are, too. (1+ / 0-)
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              I hope I"m alive to see it.
              And I hope your son sees it also.  

              "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

              by Calamity Jean on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 11:19:59 AM PST

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