Sorry, no room at the Inn!


I told you that I’d update you all on some information I learned at my shrink appointment Tuesday.  Well, here goes:

Where I live, they have hundreds of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.  How many beds to you think they have for the whole county?  SEVEN!  Or maybe eight.  Seven or eight beds for hundreds of kids who desperately need help!  This is unacceptable! Some of these kids are psychotic and have totally lost touch with reality.  Because they only have a few beds, many kids who really need help, like our daughter, are turned away.  They have to figure out who are the worst and give the beds to them.  I’m sure that many really need them, but they just don’t have the beds.  What happens to them?

We’ve tried to get our daughter help.  But she had to want help, and she doesn’t.  She’s missed a year-and-a-half of school.  I feel so helpless!  This is ridiculous!

Dr. P said that it’s because the government figures that it’s up to the families to look after their kids and pay for it, not them.  Bullshit!  Who else calls bullshit on this?  Are families equipped physically or mentally to handle psychotic kids because they don’t have a bed available for them?

We tried filling out a form to get our daughter admitted to the hospital.  We were told the police have to take her to the nearest hospital, which is the county hospital, which has no psychiatric unit.  Dr. P said that they have to take her to the nearest hospital with a psychiatric ward.  But it doesn’t matter because she wasn’t psychotic at the time and there are no beds available!

Who else is pissed off by this?

One response to “Sorry, no room at the Inn!”

  1. I agree, that is total bullshit! I am not entirely sure of what it’s like over here but I do know of one adolescent psychiatric hospital/school because I was almost sent there.

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