Hello everyone. My sister, age 52, has been unmedicated for many years. She does not believe she has any mental illness, but has been diagnosed and treated (on again, off again) for 20 plus years. In the past year, her situation has become dire. She is now homeless in Los Angeles. Her children live near by, but are unable to house her (they can barely afford their own small apartments, and she is volatile). They see her from time to time, but the last time they saw her, she did not believe they were her “real” kids. Apparently she checks herself into a psychiatric hospital from time to time, when she is suicidal. This coincides with when she runs out of funds from her SSI check (she has been on disability for mental illness for close to 30 years). She is losing weight, her hair is matted, and she is less coherant. She believes she is married to Elon Musk, and works for Donald Trump. We worry constantly about her, but she refuses any treatment beyond the short stay I’ve mentioned above.
I am looking into conservatorship as a way to insist she get back on medication. Also, I would be more able to get her off the streets. I live in Vermont, and have had her stay with me for a couple of months. She finally left, after a huge scene, and she won’t answer any calls any longer. I can not house her permanently as I live with my stepson who is developmentally disabled (autistic). He also requires full time care (he’s non verbal), and the stress of my sister’s illness isn’t manageable for long term housing to work.
Is it expensive to go through this legal process? What kind of documentation is needed? Any advice or shared situations would be appreciated.