A desperate Fraser Valley mom says she felt forced to put her drug-addicted and suicidal daughter in government care after she was failed, once again, by BC’s mental health system.
Abbotsford resident Jackie Gettings says her 15-year-old daughter is now living in a group home.
“They would not do a voluntary care agreement, which is just absolutely… it’s crazy to me, because now my daughter is sitting in a group home. And you know what, we all know how that’s been ending lately, and we know that she is so high-risk and so suicidal and so unstable.”
Fraser Health Spokesperson Tasleem Juma says they take a serious look at a patient before being discharged.
“In cases where a minor is brought into the emergency department due to mental health concerns, a very thorough and extensive assessment is done by a qualified psychiatrist”.
Juma says Fraser Health makes every effort to connect with families to discuss a care planning process for patients.
“So this is my only other option, so what I’m doing right now is I’m trying to fundraise to get her some private care, so I can get her out of that group home.”
She’s now launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and cover the costs.
Her daughter was taken to Ridge Meadows Hospital under a mental health warrant, but released less than 24 hours later.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development says it can’t discuss specific cases because of privacy reasons.
Earlier this fall, Destiny Gettings disappeared, triggering a search by the Abbotsford police.
CKNW’s Shelby Thom spoke to her mother then about gaps in the mental health system.