Children’s Wisconsin disruptive patient sheds light on mental health

A child with serious mental health needs at Children’s Wisconsin is drawing attention to a larger issue in the state. Other parents told WISN 12 the boy is regularly causing a disturbance in the hospital and needs specialized mental health care.But there’s no facilities available to take him. Officials said the case is posing a dilemma for the hospital and other patients. Children’s Wisconsin declined to comment directly on the case but a parent with a child receiving care there contacted WISN 12. She said she was frustrated at the system that can’t seem to find a way to help this child. Amanda Connaher said the disturbances were having an effect on her daughter and other patients there. “There’s been a lot of outbursts, vulgar language, fighting, destruction of property, assault to nurses and other staff,” she said.The disruptive patient with special mental health needs requires constant security.The hospital has for weeks been unable to find a specialized facility to take him.”I have seen him rip the phones out of the nurses’ stations. I have seen him try to pick up the computers to smash them. I have seen him jumping on top of counters, on top of his bed . I have seen him smashing things in his room,” Connaher told WISN 12. Her first grade daughter has cystic fibrosis and is admitted for treatment on the same floor where the boy is staying. She recorded videos to draw attention to the dilemma was even interrupted by the boy when she spoke to WISN 12.”I’m so sorry. Brinley, let them, they just grabbed him. No. Please go to the bed. OK, just let him be out there. You can’ t go out there when they’re wrestling him in front of our door,” she said. “They’re needing to take their attention to the gentleman that’s tearing up things in the hall and my daughter’s care gets compromised as a result.”Dr. Steve Dykstra with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division said there is a shortage of certain services.The case is bringing to light a developing crisis of increased demand for child mental health treatment and a drop in the availability of providers.”Kids are waiting longer and longer, and what’s unfortunate is they’re waiting in difficult circumstances. Kids are sometimes waiting in detention when they should be someplace else, they’re waiting in other hospitals when they should be someplace else,” Dykstra said. He added that the difficulty in placement is a result of an updated approach to handling many mental health issues on an outpatient basis versus in an institution.”When you send fewer kids to those kinds of services, fewer of those services exist. So when you do need them, they ‘re harder to find,” Dykstra said. Children’s Wisconsin said it was limited by patient confidentiality concerns to talk about the specific case. But they did issue a statement reading in part, “wi th our commitment to serve all kids, we do support patients that have unique needs after being discharged. These specialized facilities are in short supply, and that can cause delays in discharge.”

A child with serious mental health needs at Children’s Wisconsin is drawing attention to a larger issue in the state.

Other parents told WISN 12 the boy is regularly causing a disturbance in the hospital and needs specialized mental health care.

But there’s no facilities available to take him.

Officials said the case is posing a dilemma for the hospital and other patients.

Children’s Wisconsin declined to comment directly on the case but a parent with a child receiving care there contacted WISN 12.

She said she was frustrated at the system that can’t seem to find a way to help this child.

Amanda Connaher said the disturbances were having an effect on her daughter and other patients there.

“There’s been a lot of outbursts, vulgar language, fighting, destruction of property, assault to nurses and other staff,” she said.

The disruptive patient with special mental health needs requires constant security.

The hospital has for weeks been unable to find a specialized facility to take him.

“I have seen him rip the phones out of the nurses’ stations. I have seen him try to pick up the computers to smash them. I have seen him jumping on top of counters, on top of his bed. I have seen him smashing things in his room,” Connaher told WISN 12.

Her first grade daughter has cystic fibrosis and is admitted for treatment on the same floor where the boy is staying.

She recorded videos to draw attention to the dilemma.

Connaher was even interrupted by the boy when she spoke to WISN 12.

“I’m so sorry. Brinley, let them, they just grabbed him. No. Please go to the bed. OK, just let him be out there. You can’t go out there when they’re wrestling him in front of our door,” she said. “They’re needing to take their attention to the gentleman that’s tearing up things in the hall and my daughter’s care gets compromised as a result.”

dr Steve Dykstra with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division said there is a shortage of certain services.

The case is bringing to light a developing crisis of increased demand for child mental health treatment and a drop in the availability of providers.

“Kids are waiting longer and longer, and what’s unfortunate is they’re waiting in difficult circumstances. Kids are sometimes waiting in detention when they should be someplace else, they’re waiting in other hospitals when they should be someplace else,” Dykstra said .

He added that the difficulty in placement is a result of an updated approach to handling many mental health issues on an outpatient basis versus in an institution.

“When you send fewer kids to those kinds of services, fewer of those services exist. So when you do need them, they’re harder to find,” Dykstra said.

Children’s Wisconsin said it was limited by patient confidentiality concerns to talk about the specific case.

But they did issue a statement reading in part, “with our commitment to serve all kids, we do support patients that have unique needs after being discharged. These specialized facilities are in short supply, and that can cause delays in discharge.”

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