When Crisis Care Goes Right

Check this out. What you will see is what can happen when a compassionate team of professionals work together to deal with a potentially disastrous situation. A psychotic young mother about to feed her baby daughter a piece of toilet paper with bread on both sides. Frantic grandparents, with whom mom and baby live, placing a call and getting a team of mental health professionals AND law enforcement officers, each coming to serve their own roles. And to top it all off, a virtual fairytale ending with the mother getting back on her meds and straightening out her life.

Bottom Line. Think about it. A multidisciplinary approach like this is clearly the right one to take in such situations. But expensive. And challenging given personnel shortages. What percentage of such cases do we think are handled this way in the US every year?

My guess? Way too few!!!

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