Category Archives: acceptable practice

Can I, Can I, Can I, Can I, Can I.

David has been in full form all day. We have a pool in the yard, and the kids were talking about going swimming.  So David asked if he could go. I said “not just yet. I need to finish some things in the house first.” His response?  “You mean I can’t ever go swimming?” and… Continue Reading

Held Hostage by the Mental Health “care” system

I feel like our son, and by extension, the whole family, is being held hostage by the mental health care system. Recently, he was accepted at a residential facility for treatment. It was approved by insurance and Medicaid. Then a company called Ascend Management got involved and denied coverage. If I try to discipline my… Continue Reading

Frustrated with Doctors

His psychiatrist wrote up some fictional patient notes.  Not sure where I was when the things she wrote happened in our appointment happened. They do this with impunity.  How can they, in good conscience, tell the parent and child one thing, then write something else in the notes? It’s semantics I know, but here are… Continue Reading

Is Family Disruption Necessary in ND in Order for Children to Receive Long Term Residential Mental Health Care?

Say that I wanted to analyze the propensity of ND Medicaid to refuse funding beyond 365 days for PRTF/RTC level care. A component of this could include the psychiatrists telling parents that the best way to get the care a child needs is give up custody of their child.  In part because in the psychiatrists… Continue Reading

Keys Keys Keys. We found Keys.

Well. We were cleaning out the box of the pickup so that we could fill it full of tree branches to take to the landfill tomorrow. After everything shook out we found keys to each of the pickups.  (we have 2 parts trucks, and one that we drive) Evidently David took all of the keys,… Continue Reading

lack of funding in foster care and mental health programs

I make no secret that my family and I live in North Dakota. In our state, we have a citizen legislature that meets every other year for less than 90 days. In the last session, the House Appropriations Committee gutted program funding for the mentally ill. Yet, agreed to spend five million dollars to build… Continue Reading

news of the day. June 11, 2015

David is being really good today.  Following me like my shadow. I appreciate that he is trying.  As I survey my garage, I am discovering just what all has been lost because of David’s actions. Weedeater. Networking tools for installing data networks. Gasoline Screws by the box. It isn’t much, and I am sure that… Continue Reading

Revised Letter to the Editor

the previous letter was deemed to lengthy. Here is a revised edition. -=================== The Schulte Report begins with the sentence “The North Dakota mental health and substance abuse system is in crisis. “ Our son has mental illness. Now, we are being told that it is common practice for parents to give up custody to… Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor

UPDATE This letter was deemed too lengthy by the editors so we trimmed it down.  You can read the revised letter here. ============================= I submitted the following to the editors of North Dakota’s four largest newspapers. ============================= Dear Editor The Schulte Report begins with the sentence “The North Dakota mental health and substance abuse system… Continue Reading

Long term care facility and child custody

Over and over again in the last two days, I have asked doctors for help.  For recommendations regarding getting care for our son, David. The number one recommendation that all of the doctor’s make is that we give up custody.  “If you give up custody to the state, he will get services almost immediately.” stated… Continue Reading