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Lapia, Michigan — Carry Sparks I was sitting in the front seat of her car, just off the emergency room at McLaren Hospital in Lapia, Michigan.
For the past 18 days, she has actually lived in the hospital’s ER with her 12-year-old son, Casey, who suffers from developmental and mood disorders.
Casey was sometimes detained in a five-point detention because the only state hospital for children had no room to treat him.
“If my kid came here with a broken leg, they didn’t let him sit 18 days before he was treated,” she said when she recorded a video journal to record the wait. I told her cell phone. “But this is where we are because of the way our state deals with mental health and the mental health of special needs.”
Kyle Williams is the Legal Director of the Michigan Disability Rights Movement, a non-profit organization that fights for children’s rights like Casey. He says there are obviously not enough children’s beds today, but the problem is bigger than just adding a bed.
“Adding more cyclists doesn’t solve our problem unless combined with home and community-based services,” he said.
His organization recently sued the state on behalf of seven families whose children were at stake after the absence of approved home psychiatric treatment.