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Another year of institutionalization

Between juggling kids’ schedules and a full-time job, I just couldn’t find time to write.  I thought about it as first the holidays passed, and then his birthday.  I thought about it when I read about Mr. Holmes in CO, and then the CT incident because there were a myriad of articles and analyses about … Continue reading

One step at a time – an opinion of incompetence

Each time Brandon goes to jail, I forget how long the process takes.  He was arrested about Jan 23.  The state hospital sent someone to evaluate him last week and gave the opinion that he’s incompetent.  Now, the judge decides if he agrees.  His court date isn’t until the end of May. Luckily, the public … Continue reading

Disadvantages of calling: “let me transfer you!”

Last week, I decided that I really should find out what’s going on with my relative (who I shall refer to going forward as “Brandon”) since the court ordered an incompetency evaluation last month.  Since the public defender hasn’t returned the three messages I left, I knew it was time for me to get an update through other means. … Continue reading

Its Madness: Writing on Guardianship Publicly

For those that don’t know, I am writing a book on guardianship from afar from the perspective of a social worker and family member.  Initially, I wanted to write anonymously to protect my relative’s confidentiality.  After a month of writing this blog and after speaking with my lawyer, I decided writing a book anonymously isn’t going … Continue reading

Talking to my lawyer

I decided to talk to my lawyer (tomorrow) about whether its wise to write a book on this subject.  I just saw a post from Doris Fuller on the Treatment Advocacy website, but it’s about her daughter and she doesn’t have quite the same situation as I do.  I’m not writing a book to make … Continue reading

Safe during winter, but missing spring

For the past few years, my relative has been spending winters in jail or the hospital.  Which is a good thing because otherwise, he’d probably not survive.  Although not the ideal solution, it keeps him off the street.  It takes many months for a preliminary hearing, then an incompetency evaluation, to review the incompetency evaluation … Continue reading