My biggest issue is too many rights have been given to people dealing with mental illness and we as family members are left trying to fight the system to get our loved ones help. I struggled a couple of years ago with my mother’s last episode and I’m now at the point where I’m very arms length with her illness because I don’t have the ability to get her the help she needs. While I understand that there were many abuses years ago with locking away people in institutions, it’s gone too far and now even with 15 notarized affidavits from friends and family noting that my mother is a danger to herself, the judge still released her from the temp hold we were able to get. Thankfully another doctor was able to see the problem and was able to get her on some medication, but we’re now back to being non-medicated and I have to step back because it takes too much of a toll on my health fighting the system to help her get the proper help.
I guess my question to those running for Governor would be: what will you do to help the family members whose hands are tied who struggle year after year to help get their loved ones the proper medicine they need? Also, when in the hell will we get the proper funding that has been lacking for so many years?
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