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Michele Hendricks: Sad realities of the homeless population

With all the discussion going on in our community on our homeless population, I felt I must chime in. My son, a 43-year-old man is sadly one of them. I will refer to him as “G.”

G suffers from mental illness with the co-occuring disorder of addiction. He is on probation and, like many, he cycles in and out of Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, mostly in his case because he does not check in with his probation officer.

Behavioral Health has given up on him and refuses to give him more appointments because he is not functional enough to show up for them. The seriously mentally ill and the mentally ill/addicted are perhaps the most disturbing, expensive, and dangerous to themselves and the community. Our present programs like Hospitality House can’t begin to deal with these very sick individuals.

It is with a very heavy heart that my family has closed our doors on our loved one. It is too dangerous for us to have him in our home and we suffer from great anxiety knowing that he is endangering you.

Michele Hendricks

Penn Valley

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