reply to post by wildtimes
I live in the Atlanta, GA. area. And I can assure you that the case, as I described above, is the rule and not the exception - in this city at least.
If any Atlanta area police are members, maybe they'll chime in. I know quite a few and they've become so disenchanted with the system here that they
barely want to even deal with it. Here the most common result of taking anyone
into an ER for a psych eval is to see that person released
within a few hours, regardless of their mental state - with a simple form stating "consult your family doctor if symptoms persist". After awhile?
The police don't even bother wasting their time. So dissociates and suicidal people are largely ignored here. Even in my suburb there are quite a few
schizo-effective homeless who freely wander the streets, panhandling, dumpster diving, and very obviously in need of treatment. They are left
. Nobody in government or law enforcement will even glance their way unless a violent crime is involved.
A few years back, there was a bit of a light shined upon this issue when a cook, at a local Waffle House ( about two miles from my home ) offered a
homeless ( and mentally ill ) man $5.00 if he would "drink a shake" - one actually made from lye based dish soap.
This made national news.
. And this incident happened before
our counties mental health budget was slashed.
In fact... our local mental health center has a sign on their door, and a message on their phone answering software - that clearly directs anyone with
a crisis to contact the national crisis line - and not to seek help at any local hospitals ( all but one in this area are private hospitals - and the
one public hospital is so deeply and financially troubled that it will only take patients from two local counties and nobody else ) nor at the clinic
My knowledge here is first hand, as I have been involved with this clinic since 2003 and have not only witnessed, but also discussed these budget cuts
with the staff and doctors there. Our local mental health clinic services a three county area and employs only ONE Doctor, with THREE nurse
practitioners. The Doctor does not see patients nor does she visit the clinic any more, that I am aware of. In 9 years of both being a patient and
volunteer at the clinic, I've met the actual Doctor ONE time. She may review cases by teleworking. But the only thing I see is that her name and DEA
control number are really her only contribution to the clinic.