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Hoping for Prop. 63

My son cannot come home to California because of the shamefully inadequate mental health care in this state.

When I was desperate to get him help (before he hurts someone – another paranoid-schizophrenic disaster) the mental health agencies said unless he made a serious attempt to hurt someone they couldn’t help. “If he can eat out of garbage cans and sleep under a bridge, he is OK to be on the streets.”

I sent him to Hawaii. The third time he was picked up by the police for wandering/walking (and after a scuffle with airport security, an evaluation by a psychiatrist and a court hearing), he was committed and has been hospitalized 8 months.

The care has been surprisingly good. They understand the need to balance his rights with the fact that he is mentally ill and cannot make his own (safe) decisions. They are working to transition him to a group home with continued community care.

It has been a tremendous emotional sacrifice to have my only child be unable to come home because there’s no safety net in California.

My hope is that if Proposition 63 passes, my son can finally come home.

Debra Desmond

Nevada City

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