I'm glad to hear there's a followup plan for mentally ill youth who are released, and I hope there's follow through for this kid and others like him after they get home. A lot of mentally ill kids are warehoused at TYC, like Marquieth, for years because the system has no other options for them.
A mobile crisis unit makes weekly house calls. The specialists feel he's been confined long enough and want to work with him where he'll be most comfortable. He's back on medication. Yesterday, he spent his first full day as a ninth-grader in a special ed class at a local high school. His peers were taking final exams. Marquieth showed up so he could get to know the students who will be his classmates next year. "He'll be ready," Tarsha says proudly.Tarsha says her son appears happy to be home. Just don't ask him about his years in TYC. "Every time you mention TYC, he has this shutdown. He doesn't want to talk about it."
UPDATE: From the McAllen Monitor, "Hundreds of mentally ill youth prisoners can't see psychiatrist," May 4, and from the Austin Statesman, "Money, location hamper youth lockup medical care," May 5.