In late June we were made aware of a young man in need of assistance from our fund. He is college age and has been able to receive hospital care through his parents health insurance, but the family was unable to pay for the residential care he needed. He had been an in-patient at McLean Hospital several times earlier in the year as he would cycle in and out of the hospital. He really needed the support of a residential program and he met our criteria of having a psychotic disorder.
With the help of generous donors (like you) in a very short amount of time (Dec 2013 to July 2014), we were able to fund him at McLean Appleton for the three months the clinical team believed he needed. As is often the case, as he is approaching the end of the time (end of September), the team has determined that he would really benefit from some more time. We no longer have the funds to help, but he is now eligible for another program that provides financial assistance for Appleton. That fund requires that someone already be in care and will help families extend for a short period of time. So, not only were we able (with your help!) to provide initial residential care, but due to that, he was eligible for this other program. We believe we have made a significant difference in his recovery (at least we hope so!)
So please, donate if you can, but also please tell others about our work. We anxiously want to be ready when the next opportunity comes to help someone in need. The need comes up very quickly, and we need to be in a position to act so that it can be a smooth transition from hospitalization to residential care.