How do I help my father get help for mental illness?
July 6, 2008 7:44 PM Subscribe
I'm pretty sure my father is mentally ill and I need to get him into some sort of public assistance living situation. Does anyone have experience with something like that? What do I do?
posted by anonymous to human relations (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My father is 57, divorced, unemployed. He has a long history of not being able to hold down a job and he is in a deep depression period right now--he doesn't leave the apartment except to go to the bar. One of my brothers just moved in with him, but realized asap that he couldn't live with an unemployed, depressed, alcoholic (who also steals the rent money). The consensus among the family members still willing to listen to him is that he is also bipolar or psychotic--and he has never sought or received any sort of counseling or treatment. The situation now is untenable. My brother is going to move out and my father will be homeless this time next month. I truly believe that he could benefit from either medication or therapy or both. I know he won't seek it himself. I'm not OK with him "choosing" to be homeless without him first getting a shot at treatment. Is there any sort of public assistance that I can take him to? I don't know where to begin to get him diagnosed or to get him into some sort of treatment facility. He also told my other brother that he was diagnosed with Hepatitis B this week and my brother sent him money. I don't know if it's true or not, but if it is, he'll need treatment for that, too.
I'm afraid you'll want to debate his mental well being, but I know him better than anyone and he's in terrible shape. I need advice on how to get him into welfare or medicaid and get him into a living situation where he can receive some sort of treatment for free. He lives in northern Colorado. Thank you.