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Old 04-21-2010, 09:36 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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The ones who are genuinely mentally ill and can be proven to be,qualify for federal help from the social security admnistration called medical
disability -$800.00 a month federal plus and medicaid and a food allotment to an adult foster care home where they can live. They are taken care of there.
I worked in a mental health rehabilitation program for 3 years while I was in college. $800/month was unheard of for our clients as many did not have any work credits to supplement their disability incomes. Average income was about $500/month with the most I've seen at $675/month in a program with about 75 clients. It takes many, many months, sometimes up to a year to have the Social Security administration finally make a decision on someone receiving benefits. Sometimes they get lost in the homeless network and do not do the follow up on their disability benefits.
In the meantime, if someone is severely ill and does not have a support network of friends and family they can lean on, homeless is the next step. Frequently, family become frustrated with the symptoms of their illness and ask them to leave. Many live at home with their parents or in a group home setting or apartment complex for mentally disabled residents only. The waitlist for the group homes and apartment complexes are long and there is only an opening if someone leaves to live with family, goes to the State hospital or dies.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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Default Your info is probably dated skeet,

I got, $830.00 per month from social security for 100% disability for a relative.A lot of medical documentation was required but it was no problem at all. Without any work credits, any future work credits will add to this income.
I know the system very well, including the state insurance providers
of mental health for therapy and psychiatry. It was a maze, involving
a patients right abuse case against the state for refusing to provide counseling(which they are already being paid for). A state agency for
student advocacy to get him back into high school. He was so disruptive
the school principal also, refused to re-admit him after a hospitalization.
This is against state law, special ed. services HAS to provide an education, it is the law. You should have seen the school administration backpedaling on that one! Hypocrites. They even have to provide tutoring and transportation.
All meds are paid for,dentists, everything. Good Old LBJ passed Fed.
legislation to provide community mental health care services for our disabled citizens. Thank God!
There is more available to the ill out there,Fed. watchdog agencies,
local, county , state, and Fed. if you know where to look Even scholarship
programs(public or privately funded) where the state provider will pay the balance if privately funded so that it would be a complete free ride for college or vocational school-if high school is completed.
Incidentally, Texas has some of the better funding for AFC homes and I saw no waiting lists, I just had to find an adult foster care home with a bed available myself instead of waiting for a state agency to provide it, that is all.
Only the mentoring program had a waiting list. This is an agency which provides mentally disabled adults with a mentor who has already recieved help from the mental health system and has now a functional life and will aid the care recipient valuable advice on how they achieved the successful
transition themselves.
Of course, the disabled person must be pretty high functioning to achieve
these goals
It was quite a tangled web but I learned to traverse it by cross referencing all these agencies and it was quite a lengthy process..
all of the state employees seemed so jaded and unmotivated.
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I worked in a mental health rehabilitation program for 3 years while I was in college. $800/month was unheard of for our clients as many did not have any work credits to supplement their disability incomes. Average income was about $500/month with the most I've seen at $675/month in a program with about 75 clients. It takes many, many months, sometimes up to a year to have the Social Security administration finally make a decision on someone receiving benefits. Sometimes they get lost in the homeless network and do not do the follow up on their disability benefits.
In the meantime, if someone is severely ill and does not have a support network of friends and family they can lean on, homeless is the next step. Frequently, family become frustrated with the symptoms of their illness and ask them to leave. Many live at home with their parents or in a group home setting or apartment complex for mentally disabled residents only. The waitlist for the group homes and apartment complexes are long and there is only an opening if someone leaves to live with family, goes to the State hospital or dies.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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College was only 5 years ago so maybe things have changed since then. I do know that Texas ranks very, very low in providing mental health services to its residents. We were big on the scene when it came to rallies for changes.
I do know that the clients still struggle with getting some of the newer meds paid for with medicare or medicaid as I just talked to my previous supervisor a few months back.
Your case may be different; it seems as if its for a minor, under 18. If so, that may be the reason behind better services. We had clients over 18, average age in their 30s - 50s.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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Default Nope,

Not a minor.
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College was only 5 years ago so maybe things have changed since then. I do know that Texas ranks very, very low in providing mental health services to its residents. We were big on the scene when it came to rallies for changes.
I do know that the clients still struggle with getting some of the newer meds paid for with medicare or medicaid as I just talked to my previous supervisor a few months back.
Your case may be different; it seems as if its for a minor, under 18. If so, that may be the reason behind better services. We had clients over 18, average age in their 30s - 50s.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Not a minor.
You mentioned school principal?
 
Old 04-23-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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Default Yep,

Yes, the hypocritical one. He has been in the mental system a long time.
That was before he was getting disability and in AFC.
It still is not overwith. I am constantly in search of some sort of aid for him. The time of the onset of the illness coincided with experimental
marijuana use. After repeated incidences and hospitalizations he figured out that the onset of repeated psychosis coicided with initial repeated marijuana usage.
He has stopped and is stabilizing.
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You mentioned school principal?
 
Old 04-23-2010, 07:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Yes, the hypocritical one. He has been in the mental system a long time.
That was before he was getting disability and in AFC.
It still is not overwith. I am constantly in search of some sort of aid for him. The time of the onset of the illness coincided with experimental
marijuana use. After repeated incidences and hospitalizations he figured out that the onset of repeated psychosis coicided with initial repeated marijuana usage.
He has stopped and is stabilizing.
Wow, sounds rough huckster. Keep fighting the good fight, that's all we can do.
My mother in law is on disability herself and she would be tickled pink if she could get even an extra $100/month. The young man is lucky.
 
Old 04-23-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Default Thankyou,

For the moral support, most have given up on him.
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Wow, sounds rough huckster. Keep fighting the good fight, that's all we can do.
My mother in law is on disability herself and she would be tickled pink if she could get even an extra $100/month. The young man is lucky.
 
Old 04-28-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Beacon Hill
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ugh yeah I just got stopped late at night at HEB while I was putting my groceries into my trunk. He asked if I had any pennies and then if I would give him any of my food. HA. I told him I am a republican.

It drives me nuts - no matter where you go you always get accosted for money in some way shape or form. He reeked of booze.
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