Please Know...

As I come to know these fine people, they share with me more of their personal and sensitive stories. Their collective story is what I am trying to share with you as my way of breaking the stereotypical beliefs that exist. "Blog names" have occasionally been given to me by the person whose story I am telling. Names are never their actual names and wherever I can do so, I might use the opposite pronoun (his/her, etc.) just to help increase their privacy.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Dead is dead!

A person who engages in a suicide attempt and fails is '302d', involuntary committed to receive psychological services.

A person who signs themselves out of a hospital and who has been told that they will not survive if they do so is not '302d' because they are considered to be of sound mind.

In the case of a substance use disorder, an officially recognized disease in the DSM-5, the mind of such a patient does not think clearly. Therefore, they are incapable of making totally rational decisions and yet they do not receive a 302. Too many end up dead.

Dead is dead regardless of how they got there!

When are changes going to be made?

Saturday, January 7, 2023

“We need your bed for real patients.” - One year later

January 7, 2023

One year ago tonight our world lost a Daughter, a Sister, a Mom, and all other manners of family relationships.  Our society lost a future lawyer and counselor. I lost a dear friend.  

I invite you to read her story, some of which we wrote together prior to her final days, by clicking here for the blog:

Absolutely Unacceptable.

In the weeks following her departure from our world, I started gathering stories from other folks who live on the streets of Kensington and have sought health care from local medical facilities. 

Here are their stories in their own words.

In my friend’s memory, I’ve tried to find medical and legal professionals who would like to look into these reports of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse and do something about it.  

No one is interested.

And so, from my humble seat in this nightmare, I keep doing what I do in hopes that someone in a position of authority will take this matter seriously.

In the meantime, my Friend, please know that we love you and miss you and long for that day when we will see you again on the eternal side of Eternity.