Bro's guardian has revoked consent; how do I speak to caregivers?
March 12, 2013 8:43 AM Subscribe
My very mentally ill brother may be in a dangerous situation. It appears that his guardian has revoked the consent my brother gave so that I can talk to his caregivers. What the hell can I do now.
posted by angrycat to human relations (13 answers total)
I would link to my previous questions (all non anonymous) about this but my iPad is thwarting me.
Anyway, I am estranged from my mother for a long list of reasons. My mother is my brother's legal guardian. Previously, my brother gave his consent for me to talk to his case worker. That has since been revoked, I believe (although not certain) by my mother. So now I can't get info from his caregivers.
Yesterday my brother did his time- honored strategy of dealing with things when he gets stressed: attempt to rob a commercial whatever (this time it was Taco Bell). He got lucky, apparently: he was arrested but released shortly, so now he's back in his group home.
How this happened is a mystery. He doesn't leave the house w.o. supervision. He is closely monitored by his treatment team. So this is a case of somebody not doing their job. All know that this is my brother's m.o. He's done this getting himself arrested, I dunno, 4, 5, 7 times now, because he's spent most of his adult life in jail, so when he's stresses jail seems like a refuge. Everybody knows he must be supervised when outside. My brother looks like an overweight Charles Manson, and that plus his menacing behavior is going to send him back to jail (where he has the bad habit of saying shit to other inmates that instigates a fight) or get him shot.
I am shaking with anger as I write this. I want to bring some appropriate pressure on the agencies involved so that this doesn't happen again. But because of the consent issue, I am running into walls.
No other family member is able and or willing to deal with this.
YANML, but is there any way I can get around this revocation of consent?