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She is also funny, charming, kind, and the very prettiest little girl in the world. When we visit her at her RTC, her favorite thing to do is put tiny ponytails in my husband’s hair and put makeup on him. She loves to sing and she loves presents: getting them, giving them, and making them. When her psychosis is quiet enough to allow her to be present, she has a sharp sense of humor and a stunning awareness of herself. She is, ever so slowly, learning to live with and manage her illness.
But she’s not safe yet, and in fact, she remains a danger to herself and others. Aetna Value Options has informed Kirsten that Pickles must be discharged Thursday, December 27, 2012, because she has reached her baseline and she will never get any better. The RTC has told Kirsten that she has no option except to take Pickles home and register her in the neighborhood school.
There are no aftercare provisions in place.
No respite care.
The education specialist at the RTC told Kirsten that Pickles won’t get a specialized classroom placement until she “fails” in a regular classroom setting.
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