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Re: “Caution: Mental health services on the chopping block

I have a son in Arkansas on the 911 Diversion Program. He was just transferred to Mid South Health Systems this week. He called tonight to tell us he had heard that Mid South was shutting down and he would be coming home.
He is 27 years old and I have followed very closely how our perverse profit motive is destroying the lives of millions and hundreds of millions throughout the world. Large corporations own these health care facilities and after the split of mental health care and medical heath care under medicaid the mental fork is no improvement over what we had early in the last century. These corporations have great power. Everything done with all the facilities at all levels is profit driven. I have talked to the nurses, doctors, therapists, and administrators and they are all, but the newest, worn down by their inability to provide the help they know the patient needs.
Before he was put on 911 we went through more than a year off hell, for him and us, as time and time again they passed him around like a cash cow.
The main problem was just getting him to take the medication he needed - the same medication my wife takes for a psychotic anxiety disorder. Except for scars she received from the couple of years she spent in a psychotic state prior to getting her medication she functions fine.
After multiple overdoses (each from opiates given to him to take home from each facility), the withdraws and suicide attempts became an endless cycle with downward momentum.
After a particularly serious suicide attempt and several days in intensive care he was sent to a local facility he had been sent to numerous times. They put no hold on him. They were angry. I went to court and got a 45-day commit. I pleaded to them to give him the correct medication which we knew from experience worked. The power the corporations have amazes me. He was released the following day, high from drugs, hearing voices, and sexually aggressive. He was given a list of medications for us to purchase, all of which had the side effects of causing suicide ideation and follow through. We could not make it through the night with him and were forced to call the police - which (not by our discretion) created a no contact order. So he was on the street. It took the help of my 80 year old mother, and some of mine in fear of arrest, to get him in a cheap hotel. Six tries, because of his behavior on the evidently huge amount of a serotonin emitting drug he had been given, we were turned down. On the seventh we found him a safe place but went home waiting for the inevitable suicide or arrest. Arrest it was for taking a motorcycle and driving it straight into a fence.
I documented every stay he had that year, the intakes, the discharges, and the opiates they gave him - put not the anti-psychotic he needed. There were no exchanges of information between facilities or requests and submission of information from us - his full time caregivers. It was all a total farce with profit the only guide for therapy. They purposely made him worse.
My son, while waiting in jail for over 6 months, to be evaluated by the State Hospital, took it on his own to better himself. He began to volunteer to take the correct medication we provided for him. He began to hope for the 911 program hoping they would help prepare him for living in the outside world. My hopes were not so high from past experience but we simple could not take anymore and only with the promise that they would not give him opiates and stick to the anti-psychotic that worked we allowed it to happen.
Within a short time into the 5 year program, where time at the State Hospital does not count, his hope was dashed. His first and subsequent moves forward to half-way houses became closed to him because of his diabetes. The USED this an excuse to send him back to the State Hospital where medicaid could be charged over 1,000/day and his time would not count. Now, for reasons unknown to me, his doctor tells him his testosterone count is low because of his anti-psychotic. Why would they tell him this? Now he does not want to take his medication and all hell is breaking lose. Up until then, just before he was sent to Mid South, he did everything he could to move forward. He had done this from the beginning. But for all the money being taken from medicaid he does not get an endocrinologist which every diabetic needs. They dont provide shoes, bedding, or essentials they are surely responsible for. Turned back by each half-way house which would have kept his hopes up because of a rule that he would be rejected if he had two highs or two lows...when they are doing the feeding and providing the insulin shot themselves! No endocrinologist to tell them that a diabetic can live a normal life.
He watched how they used the same blood poker for blood sugar tests on different people without even a wipe off. Now he is told he has hep. C and still they used the same instrument to draw blood on others after being used on him. My son is honest and i have not shared these feelings or these words with him as it would not help in any way.
Now he has been moved forward to Mid South, a lock down facility which i suppose can charge more than a half-way house.
It is a horrible situation with no hope in sight. Pray for us or find us an attorney.

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Posted by Gary Youree on 10/01/2016 at 8:32 PM


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