Hello. This is my first post and I just found this forum. I am really hoping someone has an answer. My son is 23 and has schizophrenia. PLEASE I need to know what state that I can move to in order to get my son the help he needs…it would have to be involuntary since he has anosognosia. He needs help so badly and I dont want him to get a criminal record. I though Arizona might be the answer after reading the commitment laws etc. but a friend in that state said its just as bad as Ca…she kept trying to get help for her son (who is an air force veteran) and they just kept putting him in jail. In addition, Arizona has only one long term mental health hospital and it is located in Phoenix BUT it has horrible information out there regarding lack of supervision, patient on patient violence, patient deaths, etc. so that is out of the question.
I am desperately trying to find out where I can move to for him. I have read and Googled for hours and I dont feel like I have gotten anywhere - please if anyone has any input on how they got their loved one help I would really like to know what state. I can’t do this for much longer he has gotten so much worse. If I call the police they will take him to jail and not to a hospital - I have found this out the hard way more than once. He doesnt need to be arrested he needs medical help and it is so WRONG, UNFAIR, HORRIBLE, that those that need help the most can’t get it because of stupid laws and political red tape…….I ran across several articles for douglas county, Co but it is very expensive there. They have created a new program to help in crisis situations by diverting those in crisis away from jails and into a direct behavioral center for help. I am hoping there are other areas that are doing similar things that are at least affordable places to move to. Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you for reading this.