I wasn't going to share this, but I feel like people need to realize our mental health system is seriously flawed.
Two weeks ago, my son, Mitchel, was admitted to Utah Valley Medical Regional Center's psychiatric unit. He's been experiencing full blown psychosis. The hospital had his records and knew his circumstances and history. They knew he was a threat to himself and others.
Instead of putting him with a one-on-one or even in isolation, they left him with other patients and staff members. In his psychosis, he assaulted an employee. The hospital called the police and had Mitchel arrested. He spent almost a week in jail psychotic and without care. The charges were dropped.
We took Mitchel to the ER in hopes to find placement (another facility that would be willing to take him on). No one wanted to treat him because he had neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) in January. (NMS is a life-threatening reaction that occasionally occurs in response to neuroleptic or antipsychotic medication.) Now, Mitchel's unable to take anti-psych medications due to the NMS.
Finally, Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital decided they would take him. During his time there, the therapist and doctor called me a half dozen times looking for ways they could treat my son. I mean, who are the professionals here? I gave them history on what had worked in the past. Usually, when Mitchel's in full-blown psychosis, the only thing that works is keeping him away from others. Not that I wanted him to be put away in a room but, in order to keep others safe, I recommended that he be isolated.
Yesterday, the director of the local mental health facility, that regularly treats my son, called me. He said Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital had Mitchel arrested due to a few incidents that had occurred. WTF? When a psychiatric hospital cannot treat a person with psychosis you know there is a problem with the mental health system. It's not just flawed. It's criminal.
Now, we wait to find out about Mitchel's new court date. Hopefully, the prosecutor will dismiss the charges and, this time, I have his doctor, from the state hospital, ready to admit him to the state hospital — again.
I'm crossing fingers the charges will be dropped or this could be a long, drawn out, debilitating process for my very sick son. He's sick. Nothing more. Nothing less. I'm furious at our mental health system for failing to help Mitchel and for dumping him into the prison system.
See other posts from Sherry Hunter about Mitchel on this blog:
October 19, 2016
November 30, 2016
March 28, 2017 (video)
June 21, 2017