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Michele Hendricks: Follow up care needed for people with mental illness

Neighbors, I recently had a letter published in this forum about my homeless, mentally ill addicted son whom I referred to as G.

Since that writing G ended up in Sierra Memorial Hospital. It was for a medical issue that was a direct result of his homelessness.

He required care above and beyond what Medi-Cal pays for, at great expense to our hospital. The hospital social workers and medical staff did a great job.

The Mental Health Crisis Team was called in to address his mental health issues. They also did a great job.

Ideally, and my son was willing, he should have gone to stay, when he was well enough, at Odyssey House.

Odyssey is the only facility in our county to house and help people like my son transition back to independent living. As usual there were no beds available. This is not the first time he has come up against this wall.

Our hospital is spending a lot of money treating and retreating the homeless mentally ill because there is not enough follow-up care for them when it is time for them to leave.

Michele Hendricks

Penn Valley

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