Medication: $172.00 per month
Dr. visit (which is mandatory to receive medication): $220.00 a month
Classes: $80.00 per month
Having sanity in your life because your child is responding well to treatment: PRICELESS!!!
It's easy to see why many parents with children who need help don't work and use "the system". Sadly for those of us who don't have that option and want more for their lives and their children (and cant survive on $500 a month) there are no benefits! While looking into private insurance, I found nothing under $150.00 per month and doesn't cover any of the above needs my son has. There needs to be some help for people who have been diagnosed (or need to be). What happened last Friday is on a much bigger scale but, going untreated many people are walking around in an unstable mental state.
An even bigger problem (but, one I could have to deal with in 10 yrs) is getting treatment for your adult children. It seems the only help they can receive is being put in jail, where they have no help, AFTER they have committed a crime. And, with the HIPPA laws parents have their hands tied. They can't seek help for their adult child, report if things don't seem right, find out if they are taking the "right" meds (or any).
There needs to be some changes!!