Alone in the Choir: Getting Help

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Creating a Non Profit in honor of Kristina

I have thought about what I wanted to do to prevent what happened to Kristina from happening again. I have written letters to legislators, and the county division of mental health, but so far nothing has been done to change the way things are done. Government responds to the needs of ordinary people... Sign in to see full entry.

creating a non profit in honor of my daughter

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Limitations to Commitment Laws

My daughter had a pattern of leaving her house and putting herself in danger, but nothing was done. Only if she walked in the traffic lane of the freeway and survived was she put in the hospital for an involuntary commitment. The problem is that when she put herself in danger the last time, she... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Missing Daughter Kristina Marie Hanson Last Seen: June 8, 2006 @ 3:00 PM Location: Seattle, WA Date of Birth: June 30, 1981 Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Hazel Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 Kristina Marie Hanson Kristina has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a mental illness with symptoms of... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Letter to the Washington State Legislature

Dear Washington state senator/legislator, My daughter Kelly has a severe mental illness, which can only be partially treated with medication. Her diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder. Consequently she still has very poor judgment. One of the things she likes to do is take long walks. She often gets... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Just what's in front of you.

The mental health system and in some respects the legal system operate under the worldview of what is presented to them. If a mentally ill person appears to be competent and is obeying the law at this present moment, then there is nothing they can do. It doesn't matter if they did something... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Hired Help

Kelly benefitted from the services of Henry Zimmerman, a social worker hired by the court to get her into housing and mental health care. He had to do it twice since the funding didn't come in time. She now lives in a boarding house across the steet from the mental health center. She is not... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Working with the legislature.

The legislature is finally getting more money to spend, but those of us with needs for mental health are not there advocating for it. I need to call NAMI and find out when there meetings are and attend them weekly. I also need to write letters to all of the members of congress about our families... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Making Change

This month I went twice to Olympia the state capital. The first time I checked out the chambers, found out when the committees were meeting and made an appointment with my district senator. Two weeks later I came to the appointment. I told her my story in the short time she gave me and she heard one... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Medical Bills

My daughter was committed to the hospital. Her insurance would only pay a portiion. She got state assistance to pay a portion of her bill. Then the hospital sent a bill to my husband for six hundred dollars. I called and told the hospital that she was responsible for her own bills but that she had... Sign in to see full entry.

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