My father can't take care of himself. Who can?
November 9, 2012 1:57 PM Subscribe
What resources for long-term mental health care exist in New Mexico? How do they happen?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
My father has a long history of mental health issues. Last night he made his second, to my knowledge, suicide attempt, the first being before I was born. He's currently in the ICU.
My mother, in her words "did it [stayed with him after an attempt] once and ha[s] been paying for it for the last 30 years." Right now, she's planning on leaving him, and I expect her to follow through on that.
He cannot support himself. He certainly cannot hold down a job, and at this point I really don't think he's capable of basic self-care.
My understanding is that the old-school long term state-run mental hospitals ala Girl Interrupted don't exist. What does exist? I've done some looking, but most things seem to be targeted towards elders (he's only 56) with various levels of dementia or adolescents. Is there long term care for adults with other mental health issues?
Additionally, how does this get paid for? Does Medicaid fund such things?
(Obviously, this is a big and weird and awful and complicated thing for me. I am in therapy already for my own, much less severe, mental health issues, and have a fortuitously scheduled appointment with my therapist tonight. As complicated and ugly as my relationship is with my father, I don't want him to be the crazy homeless guy on the corner.)