I was born in Fresno, CA., the grandchild of Mexican immigrants. Professionally, I am an educator. I have been teaching at a community college in the Bay Area for ten years. I have taken some time off work, however, to try and get help for my mom, who has been diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, a serious mental illness (SMI). Her health has greatly deteriorated the last few years, largely due to her being unable to take adequate care of herself. She has spent two out of the last five years homeless, living in a car in Kern County, CA. Despite my family’s best attempts to get her help and treatment for her SMI, we have been thwarted by a mental healthcare that is grossly underfunded, unresponsive and disorganized, and a government system that is fundamentally indifferent to the needs of those who need help the most.
There is no easy solution, as a politician would be quick to say (I’ve appealed to a few to try and get help.). But my mom, and others like her, deserve to live with more respect and dignity than they are being shown. This blog is an attempt to help educate people on the plight of people with SMI and help advocate for my mom. Currently, there is a bit of discussion nationally about how to help people with SMI. Perhaps this can be a positive contribution to that too. I think the facts, information and details about my family’s plight speak for themselves. But I also will be providing some political and economic analysis where relevant and when I can.
You can contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org