Gloria: I am an advocate because my son passed away while under a court AOT order and so many missed opportunities, missed chances – CMH and the judge dropped the ball and he paid the price – There has to be change NOW. My son was working with a Detroit reporter / news station and we are now making sure his story is heard and that his voice continues to be heard.
My son should not have died – but the way things are now – no one stopped it – no one listened to me his sister or his girlfriend. I am going to either work with or start a group holding CMH to the highest standards, I am going to keep doing what is takes to change the way things are as a whole and to keep the memory of my son alive. He had said “mom. Kevin’s Law isn’t going to work for me – but maybe it will help someone else” that’s who my son was.
On February 8th, 2015 Bill Becker‘s battle with mental illness ended. Bill was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. On February 8th, 2015 Bill Becker‘s battle with mental illness ended. Bill, a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, lived his life helping others, from working in the food pantry to literally giving the coat off his back. His death was premature and avoidable. He had so much more to give…..
WE, THE SYSTEM FAILED HIM
The current policies and practices of mental health treatment have proven time and again to be ineffective. They are based upon archaic treatment models and fragmented delivery systems. The lack of continuing care, medication monitoring and adjustment, family and community involvement in the treatment process; allows our loved ones to fall through the cracks of this fractured system.
THE SYSTEM MUST BE CHANGED
You, yourself know this to be true. We implore you to advocate for this cause now. You, we, can’t afford not to. We are losing some of our brightest and best.