an undiagnosed child

submitted by BC Resident Rhoda T.

My nephew's worker said supervised med assist was not available because he was never at any one address for long (sometimes a tent), but my request he be briefly hospitalized, detoxed, stabilized on meds, given mental health housing, and supervised med assist, was refused. My request that he be given an assessment for his traumatic brain injury was also refused. I also asked for assessment by a psychologist or occupational therapist to identify the cause of and document his adaptive functioning deficit symptoms.  This request has also not been responded to.

These clients of the Mental Health system are intimidated, rebuked, and afraid to disclose the extent of their problems, as their addiction is thrown in their face. Their rights are trampled upon, such as when they request a new Psychiatrist and are refused, and, if they do not take their medication properly, they are not put on supervised med assist.

Better assessment, referral, and diagnosis of children must take place when they are school age or younger. My nephew's parents did not actively seek, were not aware of, and never referred to resources. Parents do the best they can, and do not realize that current resources expect them to take the lead. Resources themselves must take an active and compassionate lead in helping parents to become aware of resources they can explore.

An undiagnosed child is subject to painful bullying. My nephew had one (quite vague) assessment, psycho-educational, in Gr. 7, which despite describing learning disabilities, said that he did not have a learning disability! His parents were given no interpretation of this nor advice by the school psychologist based on its results. My nephew remains incompletely diagnosed with regard to learning disabilities and what appears to be a developmental disability indicated by his adaptive functioning deficits. His behaviours are constantly misinterpreted in unflattering lights.

submitted by BC Resident Rhoda T.

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