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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Tim Begins Adult Life

Tim Begins Adult Life

(p.171) Twelve Tim Begins Adult Life
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores Tim's entry into adulthood. He entered a supported living arrangement at the Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center (ATCMHMR) where he received services from ATCMHMR's Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, which included clinical services, case management, and supported employment services, along with an application for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and food stamps. However, he started taking drugs again and brought unruly acquaintances, jeopardizing his stay in the house. One incident led to Tim being charged with burglary; his father worried that Tim could become a convicted felon, unemployable, and homeless—all at eighteen. Tim's symptoms of psychosis intensified, and despite the efforts of his family and service providers, it seemed that he would be trapped in a cycle of incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness.

Keywords:   ATCMHMR, clinical services, case management, supported employment services, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, psychosis

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