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Dec 16, 2012 Justi commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.


Thank you for sharing your story and the story of the families and the children.

I completly relate when families are told to have their child charged with a crime to begin a paper trail allowing for some form of help. I relate because I work in a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth ages 12-18yrs old. I have worked as a direct care staff, program coordinated and currently as a family worker. I have been doing this for 20 yrs and for 20 yrs I have heard repeatedly from the families that they have tried to get help for the child with no success except for the rounds of different medications which is the usual "cure all" drug at that moment. Our agency has went from gang bangers/drug dealers to youth charged with school truancy/incorrigibility. They do not belong in a 4-9month treatment program. When their child comes to us the families are exhausted and now stigmatized as bad parents by relatives, society, and the juvenile system. They must be doing something wrong for their kid to act like "this" and be "locked up".

The family and kid go through treatment process. Psychiatrist make diagnosis, medications are prescribed, psychologist seen, educational needs identified, and if we are lucky the youth becomes "stabilized" for lack of a better word. The families are hopeful that this time things will be different. And the process of reintegration (returning home) begins.

And this part kills me.

I begin the process of assisting the youth and family come back together. Assisting them in finding resources in the community; psychiatrist, counseling, education, and support for the family. But my job is to give this plan to the community worker (DHS) and they are suppose to follow up and provide their own supports. Unfortunately they often don't. And soon there becomes a problem in the home; realistically there would be but plans were put in place to assist in helping to solve those problems but sadly when the families are expecting support and get none things quickly spin out of the control.

I don't mean to sound like I have the solution, I don't, or that my agency is wonderful but show how the "system" works.....and it doesn't. The help needs to be there in the first place. When the families ask; when they have reach deep down inside and admit that they cannot help their child by themselves.

I can go on and on with stories; how closing of mental health facilities has created a crisis; how those agency's that want to help continue to have their funding cut however I will just say Thank You for sharing your story.

God Bless You and Your Family.
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Dec 16, 2012 Justi commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.
Thank you for sharing your story and the story of the families and the children.

I completly relate when families are told to have their child charged with a crime to begin a paper trail allowing for some form of help. I relate because I work in a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth ages 12-18yrs old. I have worked as a direct care staff, program coordinated and currently as a family worker. I have been doing this for 20 yrs and for 20 yrs I have heard repeatedly from the families that they have tried to get help for the child with no success except for the rounds of different medications which is the usual "cure all" drug at that moment. Our agency has went from gang bangers/drug dealers to youth charged with school truancy/incorrigibility. They do not belong in a 4-9month treatment program. When their child comes to us the families are exhausted and now stigmatized as bad parents by relatives, society, and the juvenile system. They must be doing something wrong for their kid to act like "this" and be "locked up".

The family and kid go through treatment process. Psychiatrist make diagnosis, medications are prescribed, psychologist seen, educational needs identified, and if we are lucky the youth becomes "stabilized" for lack of a better word. The families are hopeful that this time things will be different. And the process of reintegration (returning home) begins.

And this part kills me.

I begin the process of assisting the youth and family come back together. Assisting them in finding resources in the community; psychiatrist, counseling, education, and support for the family. But my job is to give this plan to the community worker (DHS) and they are suppose to follow up and provide their own supports. Unfortunately they often don't. And soon there becomes a problem in the home; realistically there would be but plans were put in place to assist in helping to solve those problems but sadly when the families are expecting support and get none things quickly spin out of the control.

I don't mean to sound like I have the solution, I don't, or that my agency is wonderful but show how the "system" works.....and it doesn't. The help needs to be there in the first place. When the families ask; when they have reach deep down inside and admit that they cannot help their child by themselves.

I can go on and on with stories; how closing of mental health facilities has created a crisis; how those agency's that want to help continue to have their funding cut however I will just say Thank You for sharing your story.

God Bless You and Your Family.
More...
 
 

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