Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Oklahoma Wasteland: Money Down the Drain

"Treatment" costs, per the OKLAHOMA HEALTHCARE AUTHORITY
Fiscal Records
$288,094.76 (January 2015 - July 2016; the 18 months prior to Jeff's last arrest)
$326,905.24 (August 2016 - Sept 2018; the 2 years after Jeff's last arrest)

Jeff's cost of "care" the past 3 1/2 years
$615,000.00 
That's $14,643/month.

That would pay for a private hospital, like www.RoseHillCenter.org - one of the top 30 Gold Standard Psychiatric facilities in the USA according to www.artausa.org

Rose Hill Center is located in Michigan, but this private mental health facility is willing to and DOES contract with others states (and countries!), to appropriately care for the most chronic mentally ill.  For example, Rose Hill has contracted with the state of Wyoming, to care for some of that state's most chronic mentally ill.  It's the right and smart thing to do.  
That's probably because saves Wyoming $MONEY$

So, why can't Oklahoma do this?

I live by a "where there's a will there's a way" mentality.  So, we've made our case.  We've presented the numbers, and these facts.  But no.  Oklahoma won't consider this.  We've proposed this, because it as an appropriate placement option for a "chronically mentally ill" person the state had no appropriate options for.  We've spoken to legislators and told of how it would be fiscally responsible.  


Still...no.  

Instead, Oklahoma has thrown this huge amount of money down the drain.  And it gets worse.  Oklahoma has SPENT this money making a chronically "mentally ill" man WORSE, due to the standard of care currently in place in the Sooner state.

This has been going on with my brother, Jeff, for 30 years.  
Time for some simple math: 

$175,714/year X 30yrs.
We're looking at 

$5,271,428.00

FIVE & A QUARTER

!!!!!     MILLION     !!!!!
DOLLARS

our government has
 WASTED 
MAKING MY BROTHER WORSE.

What put a stop to this madness was the 
DNA swab.

At least now any medications given to Jeff will not harm him.
At least there's that.  
But he has been damaged.  Exponentially.  For decades.  
Only by the grace of GOD, and our Mother's eternal LOVE for her son, has he survived.  At some point I'll post his consent to share his medical/psych info
(he has signed a consent...he wants the world to know, especially if these facts can help change things for the better, which is our GOAL.)  

Mother has been diligent.  She has done an amazing job of keeping track of the facts.  
Mom has put together what has grown into a 60 legal-sized page document listing Jeff's hospitalizations and medication list. It's shocking and hard to believe one person has been subjected to such a massive list of every medication on the market.  You wouldn't believe how VAST this document is.  Jeff is truly a miracle walking...and his life WILL have great meaning, because soon enough, his story will be told in MAJOR ways.  Many wheels are turning, and our dear Jeff stays strong, in the midst of damage and anxiety that sometimes feels crippling.  I'm dying to be more specific, but time will have to do those honors...and let cats out of bags in an organic way.  
But it IS happening...finally. 
It can't be soon enough for this family!

So, let me pose some questions.
Is $5 million enough wasted government money to LEARN from this real story?

Are 30 YEARS of this man's life, ENOUGH to learn and change?  

Or - are we going to keep ignoring and refusing to learn from black and white hard facts, that are a perfect example of what NEVER to do again.

This life...Jeff's life... has LESSONS ON:
* HUMANE TREATMENT
* the hyppocratic oath to first DO NO HARM
* how to save enough money on the hundreds of chronic mentally ill in the state of Oklahoma!


Then we would have enough money to build an appropriate new kind of care facility.  
One modeled after the www.artausa.org private facilites like Rose Hill Center.

But our facility will be for the indigent.  For the forgotten ones.  For the criminalized and long-suffering that have been treated like animals, and way worse.

The burden has been on the taxpayer forever, and the statistics are getting worse.  

Jeff is a survivor.  A hero.  He is a living example of strength
                                                                                honor
                                                                                hope
                                                                                generosity
                                                                                kindness

He doesn't and has never used street drugs.  His troubles are from trauma, nutrition, PTSD, and forced treatment that has harmed him.  The standard of care needs to adapt the latest technology: The DNA swab.  It will save lives.  It HAS saved Jeff's life.  And in turn, has eased our mother's 3-decades long WAR to save her son from the scourge of chemical restraint and sheer torture by an arrogant psychiatric culture.


Tough words.  But they fit the circumstance.  

Pay attention.  Closely.  The times are starting to shift.

We feel it.

And I'll just put this out there... every mental health facility should have a therapy animal or two, or three...  




Anyone want to sponsor a 
PTSD therapy dog 
for Grand Lake Mental Health Center?  


We can start there.  

Benefactors and team effort needed.  


We can do this.
Jackie Welton DiPillo




Thursday, September 27, 2018

UNDER THE LAW: Treatment Advocates and Mental Competency

This post's subject matter is LONG overdue.



Oklahoma, do you know...?

There's a statute under Oklahoma Law, that stiplulates a person with mental illness has the right to a designated Treatment Advocate.  This means, unless the person has been deemed officially incompetent by a court of law, they are allowed to sign a Treatment Advocate form, in order for this person to be a voice on their bahalf, and all those in charge of the administration and care of the patient MUST comply with the wishes of the patient's TREATMENT ADVOCATE.

Hospitals/Facilities (Inpatient or Outpatient, community-based, acute care, et al.)
  Residential Care Facilities (RCF's, Nursing homes, and all other.)
    PACT teams (Programs of Assertive Community Treatment)
      Psychiatrists/Doctors
        Nurses - RN/LPNs
          Med Passers
            Therapists
              Behavioral Health Specialists
                Physician Assistants
                  Social Workers
                    Case Managers
                      Discharge Planners
                        Staff/Employees/Administrators
                          Lawyers for the ODMHSAS
                            Consumer Advocates for the ODMHSAS
                              EMT/Paramedics (if they are licensed as a mental health professional)
                                      etc., etc., etc...

ALL licensed mental health professionals are required to adhere to and respect the designated
Treatment Advocate 
that speaks on behalf of the patient, and as such, are allowed to make decisions on their behalf.

Truth.
We've had a very refreshing and kind of shocking thing happen since Jeff was discharged from the Tulsa facility where he was for 185 days.

For the first time, Mom - Jeff's #1 Treatment Advocate, was contacted by Grand Lake Mental Health Center to ASK for her input.

WHAT?!!!  Could this be real?  She thought she was dreaming!!!!

This is what is supposed to happen.  Having an advocate in place, when the person is suffering and needs those that care about him/her to offer input to HELP THEM HELP the patient.

This was the very first time, in all these years, the caregivers asked.  The legal case we just finished had a lot to do with adhering to this statute, and sometimes it was like pulling teeth.  Gnashing, for sure...

Should those that work in mental health field already know this?  (Resounding>) YES!
Sadly, that has not been the case.

There are times, folks being paid to "care" for the mentally ill, sometimes just DON'T.  (care)  
#speakingfromexperience #sorrynotsorry #bringittothelight!


For years and years,
mother has carried around a 
Designation of Treatment Advocate Form
that Jeff signed
and almost EVERY HOSPITAL 
HAS DISREGARDED IT.

Here's the statute.  Look it up yourself:
http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=436655



PDF 
if the 
link 
doesn't 
want to
cooperate.
Voila!
 >>>>>>>>>>>

The facility is tasked with offering this to the patient.  But believe me, it hardly ever happens.

This is yet another BIG PROBLEM, and why the jails and streets are filled with individuals with a mental illness diagnosis.

The Treatment Advocate can ease the burden by streamlining appropriate care, because they know this person, whereas the facility and caregivers do not.  
                                     *************************************************************

In a field where none of these conditions can be proven in a lab, or a scan, by bloodwork, or in a petri dish...you'd think the caregivers would want as much HELP as they could get.  And if they don't, WHY NOT?  It's a subjective field, and opinion often changes from one caregiver/facility/doctor to the next, so the common thread is the TREATMENT ADVOCATE.  It boggles my mind why the blatant disregard!

Our plan is to spread the word about 
Designated Treatment Advocates 
under 
Oklahoma Statute under 43A O.S. § 1-109.1


Another aspect: 
It's highly misunderstood that a person can be court committed for mental health treatment, but that does not mean they have been deemed legally incompetent.  There has to be a separate competency hearing for that to happen.  Hospitals and caregivers routinely tell people they are not allowed to sign Treatment Advocate forms after being court committed.  
THIS IS FALSE
if they have not had the required separate legal proceeding deeming them officially incompetent.  

Yet another way those that need the most help,
get the SHAFT.

"Universal Citation: 43A OK Stat § 43A-1-105 (2014) 
No person admitted to any facility shall be considered or presumed to be mentally or legally incompetent except those persons who have been determined to be mentally or legally incompetent in separate and independent proceedings of an appropriate district court.
See:
https://law.justia.com/codes/oklahoma/2014/title-43a/section-43a-1-105

Furthermore...
regarding Treatment Advocate rights to records 
obo the patient in question:


"The court shall make and keep records of all cases brought before it. ...
Except as provided in Section 3 of this act, no records of proceedings pursuant to this section shall be open to public inspection except by order of the court or to employees of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the person's attorney of record, the person's treatment advocate as defined pursuant to Section 1-109.1 of this title"
See:
https://law.justia.com/codes/oklahoma/2016/title-43a/section-43a-5-415/


<<<<<<<

Providing 
every 
means 
of 
reading 
this.  

You're 
welcome!

<<<<<<<
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Our Mother, Marilyn Welton, has been a diehard Warrior for the most chronic suffering with these issues.  To her, every person like Jeff - IS Jeff.  It's time we obeyed the LAW and allowed the Treatment Advocates to do the job their loved one asks of them.  It's not an easy job, and Treatment Advocates do not get "paid".  Quite the opposite!  They would be in a category of the most selfless, generous, unconditionally caring of types.  Treatment Advocate should be held in high esteem, as it is very difficult, mostly thankless, time-consuming, emotionally painful and draining, expensive, and is met with opposition as the norm.  
Again, another backward situation in my home state.   grrrr....!

I long for the day when I can brag about Oklahoma 
and it's Mental Health practices.  
We are weary of fighting against all odds.
I believe, until the attitudes of those in charge of our loved ones does a 180, the state will continue to rack up more and more statistics that demonstrate decline and criminalization, instead of the progress we all long for and need.

IDEA:

If you have a mental illness diagnosis,
ask your caregiver for a Treatment Advocate form.  
If they don't know what it is, direct them to THIS blog link,
https://notesfromjackie.blogspot.com/2018/09/
and have them contact
to ask where they can get one. 
 #PowerOfThePeople~!

Here's our HOPE:  That the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services will, sooner than later, offer a UNIVERSAL Treatment Advocate form for download from the ODMHSAS website, so everyone will have easy access and information about being advocates for those they care about.  To take it even further, we believe the ODMHSAS should design a portal for easy UPLOAD of the completed form, so authorized caregivers/facilities/entites can "sign in" and gain access to the form, no matter where in the entire state, a suffering soul might possibly end up.  You see, it's the most chronic this will help.  Those that are the biggest burden to the system, as well as being the most forgotten.  This will help to end them slipping through the preverbial cracks.

Let's help them, shall we?



Until next time.
Jackie Welton DiPillo


Monday, September 3, 2018

Tragic Tort Enlightenment. Wake Up America.

On July 20, 2017
I, Jacqueline DiPillo,  
filed a tort claim, acting as "agent" obo my brother, Jeff.

Life has been overwhelming this summer, and very high and serious priorities neglected this blog.  So, why not use a document I created last year, to tell just ONE of the thousands of stories about the state of affairs regarding the treatment of the chronically mentally ill in Okahoma.  
This case, specifically, Tulsa.  July 26, 2016.

Tort. Governmental Tort Claims Act.  ( GTCA )
https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/tort+claims+act

Attached here, in four screenshots. (scratched out address/phone)
Behold.





I'm proud of having created and submitted this legal document.  I had an outline assist, due to our extensive 2017 lawyer search.  One big Tulsa firm took Jeff's massive case into consideration, and then, turned it down.  The case is too big.  It would take too many resources and would be extremely costly.  There's no guarantee that anyone will not lose their time/money investment. 

 It's one thing to desire justice.  
It's another thing altogether when actually TRYING to attain justice. 

The tort caps in Oklahoma are one of the lowest in the country.  $175,000.  
This GTCA totalled $975,000, with multiple counts, and multiple entities involved. 
It's all about $$$. 

Nothing ever came of this GTCA.  The time limit passed without an attorney to file it.  But not for lack of effort!  Refer back to one of my first blogs:  Lawyers Part 1.  (posted August 31, 2017)   That blog was written only one month after I filed this very complicated document.  There were zero lawyers, interested.  So, I filed the GTCA to all the right parties, and made sure I followed the rules and legalities.  I learned QUITE A LOT, in this process.  And...we got a darned great slice of evidence, spelled out nice and neat, all buttoned up with records as proof, to use to educated the public on the realities.

Having zero lawyers in the state or the country that want to handle mental health cases is a huge problem.  This is one huge reason why we are forming our nonprofit:  WJW Mental Health Legal Fund.  By this time next year, we hope to be rolling, getting funding to help so many "Jeff's" across the state and across the country.  
The potential is gargantuan, because the NEED is GARGANTUAN.  


This is Jeff. Now.  We saved him.  It was necessary.  God love this great man.
As our dad always says:  
"Necessity breeds invention"
So, we roll up our sleeves, and do it ourselves.  
Ongoing...
Today I share this, as a means of enlightening the public about one incident that was disastrous and wrong on so many levels.  But with much effort, from a fantastic team of people, we were able to pull Jeff out of the ashes of criminalization, and SAVE HIS LIFE.  He was facing LIFE IN PRISON over this delusional episode, caused by medications forced on him that his body cannot tolerate.  We have that proof, now.  And if you need help with medication tolerance issues, Genesight.com is the answer.
No, we didn't have attorneys to file this tort claim, but we did get the attention of a couple of the state's best and most respected lawyers, and after the deadline passed on this GTCA, we proceeded with other avenues to start changing the trajectory of the downward spiral our country currently uses as it's "system."  

There's really no good word for it.  It's not a system.  It's throwing the mentally disabled in jail, and punishing them for their delusions.  That's what we are doing in the USA.  The jails are now the mental hospitals, and NOTHING IS GETTING BETTER, except how much money the department of corrections and other jail type entities make.  Sickening.  
Are YOU ok with this?
What if the developmentally disabled were thrown in jail for their disabiliy?  Would you be okay with that?  What if those with Autism or Aspergers or Alzheimer's were thrown in solitary confinement, labelled a criminal, because of something that could not be helped?  
ARE YOU REALLY OK WITH THIS?
******SHAME ON US******
This is only one tiny chapter in a very long history of one person, and this story will continue to unfold, as we go.  It's daunting.  We are on overwhelm.  But it's one very difficult step at a friggin time, and mark my words:  
WE WILL CHANGE THIS DEBACLE OF A "SYSTEM" 
and 
END THE INCARCERATION 
of the mentally ill.
Everything written in this tort claim is the truth.  We had a solid case.  Money is what stopped true justice from being served for Jeff, a severely suffering soul.  The system should hang it's head in shame for contining to allow punishment of those not convicted of any crimes other than having a DISABILITY.

So, today's installment is this document.  And not to worry, I have all the legal consents I need, signed by Jeff himself, to allow me to show all to the world.  And...we will.
I'll give you a bonus:  Here's the truncated version of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash cam video.  (We own the full version, now.)  https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/oklahoma-highway-patrol-released-dash-cam-video-of-high-speed-pursuit-of-jeff-william-welton
And one of the untruths, spread by a fear mongering news outlet:

~ Jackie Welton DiPillo
#WJWMHLF 501(c)3
#LotsGoingOn
#MuchProgressBeingMade
#SomeonesGottaDoIt #IfNotMeWHO?
#ForJeff

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hope, Freedom & Appropriate Care in Oklahoma.

Living out of a suitcase these past four weeks has been exhausting.  
Today is Monday, July 30, 2018. 
The final leg of a three region driving trip closed out, yesterday.  
I'm back at my house in Georgia for the first time since July 1st.  

Much has happened.  
Not sure where to start.  
The following is a dissection of just some of what transpired this month: 
July 2018


The week of Independence Day, my husband and I were in Michigan for a niece and a nephew's combo high school graduation party.  Two very bright young people, with the world at their feet.  I like to say to the young man,  "POTUS or SCOTUS", Joe, because he's that bright.  He thinks I'm joking, but I'm not.  The young lady, our niece Isabella, is a multi-lingual scholar with a heart of gold.  I look forward to watching the future unfold for these millenials (or are they iGen?), as they will be leaders. 

That gives me hope.


The Michigan leg was ten days.  Each day, I did hours of work on my brother's legal case, as did my mom...as did the legal team.  Our sister also worked on some IRS documents with us for the nonprofit.  It wasn't a vacation. Jeff's situation doesn't go on vacation, so we fought on with the advocacy and all the behind the scenes hard, emotional, 80+ hrs/week, WORK.  Very complex. 

Part of the focus was finding a place that would serve Jeff's placement needs, appropriately.  Too much detail for this post, but I will highlight that story fully, in an upcoming blog, soon enough.  My work in Michigan included lawyer meetings, calls, documents, searching/researching where Jeff could live - somewhere that wouldn't allow him to fall through the very WIDE cracks AGAIN, which would result in the nightmare of criminalization starting over.  No way were we going to allow that, as our massive and expensive efforts would've been for nothing.  

The CYCLE had to STOP.  
#EndGame

Directly after the round-trip GA to MI trek with my husband, I repacked my suitcase and one day later hit the road, by myself, for Oklahoma.  It had only been about six weeks since my previous trip to my home state.  Such is how it's been for the past three years.  Back2back2back trips. And, repeat.  I really need an Oklahoma address....ugh.

Without stops, Oklahoma is a thirteen hour drive from where I live in Georgia.  We had many high priorities to attend to, so I decided to grab a hotel deal online, and mom met me in Tulsa so we could get enough rest before the next day.  There were several Residential Care Facilities we needed to visit.  We needed to see the RCFs in person, so not to approve of anything that we know will lead to failure.  Jeff has been through this dozens of times.  We know what will work, and we know what won't work. Jeff's skill level dictates how well he can take care of himself. We know how damaged and worn down he is, after all these years.  Leaving his "placement" in the hands of the ODMHSAS has only proven to land him in a delusional state, criminalized, and back in jail, time and time again.  Not this time. 

No more crossing our fingers and hoping maybe this time will be different.  
Maybe this time will be better.  Nope.  
This family, this TEAM, is in full court press, until an appropriate answer is found.

Jeff is amazing.  If you spoke to him every day like we do, you'd know.  Truly amazing.  Still kind and forgiving.  A man that has been criminalized and abused over and over due to his mental disability, yet he has so much love in his heart.  

That's what perplexes this family, to the core.  How the "system" has put labels on him, some no more than gossip and lies (one day this story will be told, but not in this blog).  The system couldn't find a placement for Jeff, literally due to the lies that have been spread about him by those in charge of caring for him, and I told them, so.  They have created their own problem, having a very hard time finding a place to transfer my brother to.  They need to realize that.  And if anyone would like to call me and have a conversation about it, I am more than willing to engage and enlighten.  Truly, if only the department and the department's facilities WOULD engage with the family, it would save the state literally MILLIONS of dollars. This is not an exaggeration.  




Jeff's life is an example of "what not to do", Oklahoma.  
Moreso, how about adhering to statutes and rights, for once?  
It's been smh after smh shocker moments... unreal.  
I cannot wait to write the script and tell the tale.



The day after I arrived in Oklahoma, Jeff's lawyer met us at an RCF for a tour.  This was Thursday.  We were left with a very good first impression by the RCF owners, as they and the entire staff are very kind.  The residents (I won't get into anything in particular, but they are survivors, for sure) - also, very kind and welcoming.  We came away feeling, for the first time ever, Jeff could live here.  A place that understands him, as he is.  A place that can take care of his needs (i.e., meals, laundry, transportation, multiple days each week of therapeutic treatments, etc. All within Jeff's meagre disability income.)  This place is the only facility we've ever experienced in all these thirty years, where you can "feel" that they care.  You'd think all Residential Care Facilities would exude such a feeling, but it was absolutely the first time we've felt that.  The relief was refreshing.  We could tell that this would be a new and better experience for our sweet Jeff.   



One of our lawyers found this place.  The acute psych facility where Jeff has been (since we got the asinine criminal charges dropped) was tasked by mental health court with finding a place for Jeff to live.  But it wasn't them that found this place, it was our awesome team that did.  THANK GOD.  

After our visit, Mom told Jeff about this RCF that night.  
He couldn't wait to tell the discharge planner about it.  

Jeff had HOPE for the first time in a LONG time. 

Thursday was a long day.  Still, the next day (Friday) mom and I drove to Norman for a 501(c3 Tax meeting, and to visit the two RCF's the facility, under ODMHSAS, had come up with.  These were NOT on our list and were never under our consideration (again, due to us knowing this would only begin the failures all over again.  Jeff's needs would not have been met!)  Mom and I wanted to see these places for ourselves.  

Jeff doesn't own a car (never has).  
He has no cell phone.
(He throws them away when a delusion tells him the device is dangerous
- or whatever scenario at that moment...you never know.)  
Jeff lives on much less than $1,000/mo.

These two RCF's that the ODMHSAS facility had at the top of THEIR list had:  
*No transportation:
Jeff's body is worn out from years walking everywhere, and homelessness.

*No meals (one of the two RCF's had one evening meal provided, that's it.)
No grocery stores nearby.  Jeff cannot cook.  

*Jeff has no furniture to use.
*Jeff has no support system in Norman.  Zero personal connections.  Family would be far away.
He would've been alone IN A NEW CITY.

*One of these two RCFs was strictly for the elderly.  Jeff is 49.

This all spells 
F.A.I.L.U.R.E. 
and a certain repeat of past tragedies.  

The spiral into incarceration would be expected if Jeff would've been sent there.
We've seen it many times.
Oklahoma:  Your "system" CREATES the punishment of the disabled!
How many folks like Jeff are there in Oklahoma?  Easily hundreds.

I was crying every time I heard mention of him being "sent" to live in Norman, but Tulsa offered zero options.  That night, mom and I drove back to her house knowing those were a hard "no" - and the one we had seen the previous day was the only feasible option in the entire state that wouldn't lead to a repeat of the past.  #StopTheInsanity

Friday night we hit the hay, hard, in McAlester.  The weekend brought more travel.  A Tulsa visit with Jeff for Mom, Dad, and myself, plus more nonstop calls/meetings/documents.  In addition, getting Jeff's years of clothes out of storage, Mom began washing and sorting for days.  Sizes ranging from 36 to 52, bins and dusty boxes, full.  Jeff's sizes varied due to the neuroleptic medications side-effects affecting his cravings, his metabolism, and just flat out creating weight gain (and diabetes!)  He's back to a much more normal weight, now.  Still, having had over twenty addresses in the three years prior to the arrest incident in 2016, keeping up with his clothes and sizes while he was homeless half the time, was a huge job that mom is still handling.

Monday morning, the ODMHSAS facility discharge planner emailed Mother, because Mom is Jeff's legal Treatment Advocate, and the department is required by law to keep her informed.  Many times she was still ignored.  Many times it was like pulling teeth to get them to include Jeff's official Treatment Advocate UNDER THE LAW, but this time they couldn't wait to tell her:  

Jeff would be moved in three days!  
Thankfully, it would be to the facility we approve of.  

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(My mind just went to another true story about a man that suffered under the politics of a city, and three days later, He rose...)
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Some concerns:  Jeff hadn't been free in almost two full years, so there is much mom and I had to do to have things ready for him.  The clothes, shoes, toiletries, his finances, mom did all that.  Legal items we had been trying to arrange that we were able to make happen, prior to discharge day.  Plus, there was a status conference in mental health court (that became more of a discharge hearing) that week.  Mom and I were running on four hours' sleep, all these nights.  But Jeff's freedom was finally in sight.  Complex emotions, running high...

I won't go into some things that were shocking to us, that weren't on the positive end, for Jeff.  
I'll leave that for the screenplay.  

The day Jeff was discharged was exactly one week shy of 2 yrs since his arrest on July 26, 2016.
  He had not been free in all that time.  
We were there when he walked out that door.  
That was day 185 in the acute psychiatric facility.























Add those 185 days to almost 
*three months of seclusion in the jail mental pods, 
*eleven months at Oklahoma Forensic Center, 
and 
*111 days in DLMCJC Tulsa County Jail alone, in straight-up solitary confinement.  

My dear brother.  
Poster Human for A Broken System.


Mom and I caravanned with the transport car that took Jeff to his new home.
He was dropped off, checked in, and we took it from there.  
Jeff had never seen this place before, 
but freedom never looked so good.

Just six months prior, Jeff was facing life in prison, 
for nothing more than being disabled!

FACT:
If we hadn't been able to hire several of Oklahoma's best lawyers,  my brother could be serving life in prison, right now.  And to be clear, our lawyers didn't pull favors, or play politics...they simply had the ODMHSAS follow laws that were on the books.  That's it.  

God bless all those who cannot afford this.

WAKE UP, OKLAHOMA.  
YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER.

Today, we thank God for our incomparable legal team, for family support, and for all the friends of this cause that helped to get us to this point.  It hasn't been easy.  And let me add... 
we are just getting started.

It will continue to be an emotional journey, 
as Jeff decompresses from the torture he has endured.  
Same for mom.  This affects her viscerally and deeply.  
She is his mainstay.
Please pray for them.  
Restoration will be a long and careful new journey.

Oklahoma owes our mother a debt of gratitude for staying the course, standing her ground, being the staunchest warrior advocate imaginable against all odds, as the powers that be ignored hers and Jeff's rights.  They didn't understand how right she has been all these years.  But now we have proof, and you know what they say...

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

We will continue this journey, and soon enough, we will help others just like Jeff, with our nonprofit.

One person at a time.  

HOPE
FREEDOM
APPROPRIATE CARE

That's enough for today.

Thank you, God.

~Jackie Welton DiPillo

WJW Mental Health Legal Fund
POBOX 991
McALESTER, OK 74501
EIN: Tax ID #83-0791888



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Monday, July 2, 2018

Change is no small change. Here's the plea.


For all the "Jeff's" out there.


WJW Mental Health Legal Fund
P. O. Box 991
McAlester, OK 74502
WJW Mental Health Legal Fund was founded in support of the most chronic mental health cases in Oklahoma, after learning 

there is no category for mental health attorneys.  
Anywhere.
Our mission is to advocate for the indigent mentally ill and their families. This inclues raising awareness on both basic and progressive issues.

Due to Oklahoma being officially the world's biggest jailer [1][2] and an estimated 55% of all incarcerated having a serious and/more debilitating mental illness diagnosis [3][4], our nonprofit organization aims to reverse this expensive and detrimental trend, through appropriate legal representation.

A Few GOALS:
* To mainstream and raise awareness about laws, such as the Oklahoma Statute under Mental Health 43A O.S. § 1-109.1. [5]  So those that the afflicted mentally ill have lawfully designated as Treatment Advocates are universally recognized throughout the State of Oklahoma.

* To bring awareness and advocate for change, such as in the currect Federal HUD regulation that allows a criminalized mentally ill adult to lose subsidized housing, thus creating more homelessness and incarceration, due to their disability. [6]

* To advocate for mandating a simple DNA swab test developed by the Mayo Clinic, proving medication tolerance, so to prevent administering a prescription that an individual is allergic to and that woudl - instead of helping to cure their mental healht condition, would be causing more psychosis and damage. [7]

* Establish scholarships for Oklahoma law students to focus on mental health issues. WJW Mental Health Legal Fund respectfully requests financial support that will reverse the spiraling trends Okahoma is facing, would save millions of diollars in the state budget due to those suffering falling through the cracks in a perpetually broken system, and most importantly, will give these most forgotten real and tangible 
HOPE

This funding would cover hiring top tier legal scholars, functional medicine doctors, private pryshiatrists, and experts to testify to the benefits of offering more than what the State of Oklahoma can now offer to these who are the most long-term, and severely suffering. WJWMHLF will administer financial assistance, including copays for medication, therapies, or testing, help with court costs, and future plans to build care facilities modelled after the Top 30 Gold Standard facilities in other states. [8].  Since jails are now the long-term hospitals, we can and must do better. Criminalization of the mentall ill
MUST END.

We would also welcome donations on a monthly basis. If your company has matching funds, let us know and we'll figure that out.

Thank you for your support.
WJW MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL FUND
[1]http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/recipe-for-disaster-oklahoma-s-incarceration-rate-now-no-in/article_0561c981-5e48-51a0-812e-19c22b33f55d.html

[2]http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/opinionfeatured/oklahoma-corrections-director-three-things-oklahoma-must-do-now-that/article_0f914410-579c-553d-bacb-ba9a3e72c20c.html

[3]https://ok.gov/odmhsas/Substance_Abuse/Oklahoma_Drug_and_Mental_Health_Courts/

[4]http://www.okumcministries.org/cjamm/files/CJAMM_Fact_Sheet.pdf

[5]https://law.justia.com/codes/oklahoma/2015/title-43a/section-43a-1-109.1/

[6]( Page 5 ): https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/notice-cpd-16-11-prioritizing-persons-experiencing-chronic-homelessness-and-other-vulnerable-homeless-persons-in-psh.pdf

[7] https://genesight.com

[8] https://artausa.org
501(c)3 nonprofit * EIN Tax ID: #83-0791888






DONATE AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TBBM3B72HWUYY
https://www.facebook.com/WJWFund/

Long time coming. - Jackie Welton DiPillo