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.”