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Teenager’s Path and a Killing Put Spotlight on Mental Care

Posted By: wbhazel1 on September 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

This article had me virtually riveted throughout the reading. I felt shock, horror, sadness and found myself wishing that things could have been done in a very different manner. This story appears to be a textbook case of how decreased state resources, florid and untreated mental health issues coupled with cultural and cognitive dissonance, anger, no rage and the lack of an ideal seamless delivery of care that we would hope to provide our youth. Not being intimately aware of the details I see a young man who from early childhood displayed extremely harmful and violent behavior. There is no doubt he clearly required consistent professional intervention.

Reading about the custody of this young man being transferred to the state as his father, an immigrant did not have the resources to provide for his son the specialized care he needed I felt this story would not end well. According to this article and my professional experience he then was propelled through a series of institutional placements which appear to periodically disrupt due to violence against staff, peers often requiring his incarceration or hospitalization. I found it shocking and sad that the staff that cared for this young man within these facilities were unaware of the propensity for and history of violence.

The few resources which actually appeared helpful appear to have been shuttered due to budgetary cuts. When will we as a society learn we will pay the costs one way or another? This is to say either we pay for behavioral healthcare or costs associated with arrests, investigation, prosecution and incarceration. This story is all too predictable and all too common.

We need to do something differently.

Let’s care for our children.

Teenager’s Path and a Killing Put Spotlight on Mental Care

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