After taking my car, my missing daughter was found in Ohio at a gas station. According to the authorities, she was in the middle of the road, disoriented, and extremely hostile.

Heather was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital where she was held from 11:00 pm on 11/08/2016 until yesterday, 11/10/16, at 10:00 pm. Then she was transferred to Strong Hospital (Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare) because she is an out-of-state resident and this is required by law. I was instructed that I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone regarding my daughter's care or even visit her due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

I called the hospital to find out when Heather would be seen by a psychologist. I was told I couldn't get information about her medical care until my daughter signs a release. I was also told I couldn't relate anything about her previous mental health history. Is there anyone out there who knows Ohio's mental health laws and how I would be able to bring my daughter back to New York State (near me) where I can try to get her the help she so truly deserves.

This HIPAA law across our nation is killing our loved ones and our families.  We're the only hope in getting the seriously mentally ill the help they've deserved for so long.

Please help me in my efforts on this serious matter of our broken mental health system.

Photo Credit: Onandaga County Sheriff's Office Heather Olivia

Photo Credit: Onandaga County Sheriff's Office
Heather Olivia

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