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Losing Tim : how our health and education systems failed my son with schizophrenia / Paul Gionfriddo.

Author/Creator:
Gionfriddo, Paul, author.
Publication:
New York ; Chichester, England : Columbia University Press, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (380 p.)
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Subjects:
Schizophrenia in children -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Mental health policy -- United States.
Gionfriddo, Tim -- Mental health.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Paul Gionfriddo's son Tim is one of the "6 percent"-an American with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate need of help yet underserved or ignored by our health and social-service systems. In this moving, detailed, clear-eyed exposé, Gionfriddo describes how Tim and others like him come to live on the street. Gionfriddo takes stock of the numerous injustices that kept his son from realizing his potential from the time Tim first began to show symptoms of schizophrenia to the inadequate educational supports he received growing up, his isolation from family and friends, and his frequent encounters with the juvenile justice system and, later, the adult criminal-justice system and its substandard mental health care. Tim entered adulthood with limited formal education, few work skills, and a chronic, debilitating disease that took him from the streets to jails to hospitals and then back to the streets. Losing Tim shows that people with mental illness become homeless as a result not of bad choices but of bad policy. As a former state policy maker, Gionfriddo concludes with recommendations for reforming America's ailing approach to mental health.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Preface
One. Tim Brings a Gun to School
Two. Tim Gets His Start
Three. Our Introduction to Special Education
Four. A New School, a New Crisis
Five. Suspended Animation
Six. Rocketing Through Middle School
Seven. High School Cooks Up Trouble
Eight. West to the Northwest
Nine. Hospitalization from the Northwest to Middletown
Ten. Tim Comes to Austin
Eleven. Americorps and the Chain of Neglect
Twelve. Tim Begins Adult Life
Thirteen. Tim Hits the Revolving Door
Fourteen. Launching Tim
Fifteen. Tim Returns to Middletown
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
References
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-231-53715-8
OCLC:
892244525
Publisher Number:
10.7312/gion16828 doi