Mental help

There is a lot of mental health help in the District. Living homeless plays a role in a person’s mental health. I have seen many providers pull up and offer mental health help. I would love to see the transformation for people that come from some of these organizations. People can benefit from therapy or talk groups. Some services pull up, say the company name, and then the caseworker gets the consumer’s information and might ask a few questions about housing. Or they’ll see if the person is just scamming. I think they are scamming, not helping. I have switched agencies twice because they asked me to “sign my name here” for $20. I tried to follow up with the caseworker; the caseworker, not the worker. Now you hook up with some services that you never applied to. Some people just wait every week to sign the paper for $20 saying, “I have received help.”

Issues |Health, Mental

Region |Washington DC

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