Blog

 

Kids waiting weeks to get into mental health facility

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Overcrowding at Michigan mental health facilities is leaving some families with few options for treatment.

That’s the case for single mother Danielle Ely Venn. She said her 12-year-old son, who has autism, had to go to the emergency room after he became suicidal. More than a week later, he was still at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital instead of a mental health facility.

“There was a young lady that was bullying him at school and at the Y center,” Ely Venn said. “Because he doesn’t have those coping skills, he felt that he just couldn’t take it and he felt like he wanted to kill himself.”


Be the first to comment