We are currently working with New Roads Behavioral Health in Utah. It is one of the few ‘mental primary’ long-term treatment centers that focuses on SZ patients. Our son is 19, and has been there 3.5 months in the RTC. He’s gotten stabilized on Clozapine among other meds but is showing real signs of improvement. He just moved to a ‘step-down’ unit of New Roads yesterday. Praise God that he continues to go down this path, found some good roommates in the new apartment setting, and seems committed to continuing his meds and coping skill focus.
This place changed our trajectory in a positive way. It is expensive. Even with insurance it costs over $5,000 month plus, plus. But, it gave us peace (got him out of our home or other unsafe options); it showed him he’s not alone with this illness; it showed him that some meds actually help him feel better (he’d previously sworn nothing worked/he didn’t need them/stopped taking); it is giving him new friends and skill sets.
It’s not perfect. He left once AMA to be homeless for a few days. But returned. He’s gotten into a fight. He took another kid’s drugs to self-medicate; the staff are human and sometimes make mistakes; and some of his major delusions still persist. BUT
we are on a much better trajectory. And we take it day by day.