A man with mental illness was released from jail in a nearby county in the PREDAWN hours. They called the one number he could remember, his ex-wife’s. She didn’t answer, so they just let him walk out the door on his own. He has been missing for three weeks. His family is trying desperately to find him.
In the same county this past summer, the District Attorney went on the record saying he didn’t support special courts to handle the cases of people with mental illness “because they are just gimmicks”.
As mentioned in another thread, my county’s “special response team” shot a man with mi this past weekend while serving a warrant his family had worked hard to obtain.
An upscale county -Fort Bend -outside- a major city- Houston- routinely drops their inmates with mental illness off outside the large homeless shelter located deep in the downtown of the major city. Get this - they are picked at the jail up by the local regional state and county funded, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER- TEXANA, who then proceeds to drive them into Houston. Families aren’t even informed before this happens, most of them don’t find out what happened until in their search they finally stumble across a NAMI person who tells them where to start looking for their family member. The community provider won’t tell them, says its not their information to disclose. Houston has started going into the outdoor, under the freeways, homeless camps and giving the residents some notice and help moving their stuff before coming in and freshening up the space for the residents.
How on earth can anyone expect these people to find their way home out of the downtown? I guess that’s the plan, that they won’t find their way back to Fort Bend.
A couple of years ago in the newspaper, the Fort Bend sheriff commented "we don’t have these kinds of problems in Fort Bend County. The couple from my Family to Family class who were killed - with a sledgehammer- by their son with mental illness and a bad meth habit? You guessed it, Fort Bend County residents. Lovely neighborhood, gated, you know, GOOD people. The kind of people who don’t have these problems. Not like all of us.
In a comments section under an article about a recent shooting committed by a man with mental illness, the commenters were all saying “there’s no way all these shooters are mentally ill” and “why didn’t these families and neighbors call for help”. We all know the real story, but these people refuse to take their blinders off and see that mental illness is a CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY.
Why oh why can’t we get help for our loved ones before tragedies occur.