Are you serious?


These are the steps that we go through to get admission to the mental health unit for David.

  1. Drive 50 miles one way.
  2. Present to reception desk staff.
  3. Present history and current case to intake ER Nurse.
  4. Wait for 1 – 2 hours.
  5. Present case to ER nurse.
  6. Wait for up to an hour.
  7. Present case to Doctor and intake note taker person.
  8. Wait for labs
  9. Wait for him to pee in a cup.
  10. Explain to lab personnel why they need to use a butterfly needle on my son.
  11. Wait in ER for consult from on-call psychiatrist.
  12. If approval for admission is granted we wait for ambulance for transport to the building where the unit is located.  If denied we go home.
  13. Wait some more.
  14. Follow ambulance to the unit.
  15. Wait for admission Nurse to bring out additional paperwork.
  16. Explain case to admission Nurse.
  17. Write down concerns, thoughts, issues, medications, visitor list, contact info for all visitors, staff and family.
  18. Authorize any over the counter medications that he may need like tylenol.
  19. Read through documentation, pamphlet, sign releases as necessary to allow them to communicate with his primary psychiatrist, social workers, care coordinator, and advocate.
  20. Say good night to David.

I go through this every time, and then they greet him by name.  It can take as few as 3 and as many as 6 hours to get through this process.


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