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15 December 2012 @ 07:33 am
Guns vs Mental Health Care Access  
guns vs mental health care access

Says it all, really. Even if you have money you can't force an adult family member to get help. The law forbids it unless you can PROVE they are a danger to themselves and others.

ETA: I am Adam Lanza's Mother A heart-wrenching story of a mother coping with an intermittently violent son who has been diagnosed with a number of things. Though she has a job to keep benefits she has received no effective help from the mental health care system and long term placements other than jail don't seem to exist any more.
 
 
 
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Tapatitapati on December 16th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I am hoping that you'll be able to get coverage when the last of the affordable care act kicks in! But what a society we'd have if mental health services were free for anyone who can't pay.
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Tapatitapati on December 17th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I suspect there's going to be a showdown over governors who do that. I don't know how it'll shake out but I think their other federal funds will be held hostage...
Tapatitapati on December 17th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
and yeah, having access does not always mean quality access--Kaiser tends to put people in groups and you see your therapist once a month, to keep their costs down. Not optimum for me, not at all.