Need 22.33 – Adopted Teen Needs Ten More Days Of Treatment
We alert you today to a family that is fighting to help their adopted daughter. Typically, we write a Need Alert as a short, fact-based story on behalf of the person in need. With today’s Need Alert, I feel like it is best for you to read the story they shared with us in their own words…
“Our adopted daughter has had severe mental and behavioral health challenges since she moved in with us at age 9 in 2016. We have pursued multiple therapy modalities, medications, programs, and every other resource we were able to get our hands on. Nothing worked, and our family was plunged into crisis after crisis for more than five years. Everything came to a head this January when she overdosed on prescription drugs. After this, she spent a little more than a month in a combination of ICU, inpatient psychiatric stabilization units, and outpatient treatment. Her dangerous behaviors continued to escalate, and we were ready to find a way to remove her from our home permanently, both for her safety and ours. We felt that we could no longer keep her safe in our home. We found a treatment center that our insurance would cover and sent her there, more out of desperation to get her into a safe environment than out of any real hope for change. Her first few weeks there were like every other treatment program we pursued. She was mad about being there; she felt like nothing was wrong with her, and she was not open to treatment. I’m not sure exactly when or why things shifted, but they did. We have seen incredible transformation happening. She has taken responsibility for her past actions, which is something that has NEVER happened before. She has apologized for the trauma her actions have caused us, and we have had some honest conversations about what we all need to do differently to repair the damage that has been done to our family.
“Unfortunately, as is often the case with mental health treatment, her insurance company determined that she no longer met medical necessity for them to continue covering her treatment. Her therapist strongly disagreed with the insurance company’s assessment. We agreed that premature discharge would greatly increase her likelihood of relapse, but we were unable to persuade the insurance to cover any further treatment. Because this is the only thing that has worked for her, we decided that we had to do all we could to pay out of pocket for her to stay there. Her therapist felt that a discharge date at the end of May made sense, clinically. Between what we have been able to contribute personally, and what we’ve raised from family and friends, we have enough to continue her treatment through May 21. The treatment is $400 per day and we want to keep her in treatment for ten more days until the end of the month.”
raised of a $4,000.00 goal