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.”

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