As a Priest, I took someone to a Psychiatric ward near my town tonight because he was hearing voices that were telling him to kill himself and also harm others. When on the proper levels of medication, this is a very good man. However, tonight he was in great psychiatric distress. When I left him in the care of a nurse who told me he has now been admitted into the hospital under P.C. 5150 (72 hour hold in a psychiatric facility for evaluation because of are a danger to yourself or others). He had been to this same hospital a couple of days ago and released a day and a half early. I was just informed that this man's insurance (Health Net) which is provided him by the State of California due to his mental disabilities, has declined to cover his stay because when he went to the hospital a fews day ago, it used up his benefit for the 72 hour hold for this month. So now, this man is somewhere walking the streets hearing voices that are telling him to kill himself and harm others. He spent less than 3 hours at the hospital, and they have dumped his on the streets to fin for himself. If he kills himself or someone else tonight, who should stand before the courts for this crime?
Thom, I am so upset with this broken health care system. I will spend the rest of tonight trying to locate this man, hoping he does not kill himself or harm someone else before I find him wherever he is walking the streets tonight.