Moment of Crisis, Part 3/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! — “I don’t think she can safely return home right now. Do you have any other options? Are there any family members who can take her?” My husband and I sat across from our daughter’s case manager as she continued, “I just don’t think she can safely come home. The risk is too high.” This was supposed to be a treatment plan meeting. Our daughter had been home from residential care for almost six months…. Read More

Discharge Planning, Part 2/4

Parenting with hope through the hard places by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for the full series! — “Here’s the discharge summary. There’s a follow-up appointment for medication management in two weeks. She has an appointment for therapy next week. And here is all of the information on her medication. I just need you to sign here and then I’ll go get her for you.” After the nurse left the room I turned to my husband, “That’s it? We just take her home now? What do we do if she does this… Read More

Entering the System, Part 1/4

Welcome to the first post of a 4 part series written by Jennifer Griffis. Visit the homepage for her series for a full look into their experiences. — “The treatment team is recommending long-term residential placement. Have you filled out an application for Children’s Mental Health services?” I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom, door closed and phone pressed to my ear. At best I only had a few minutes of quiet before a child came looking for me, desperate for a snack or ready for a snuggle. It had… Read More