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Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia

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By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA National President and CEO

Paul Gionfriddo's son Tim is one of the "6 percent"--an American with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate need of help yet underserved or ignored by our health and social-service systems.

In this moving, detailed, clear-eyed exposé, Gionfriddo describes how Tim and others like him come to live on the street. Gionfriddo takes stock of the numerous injustices that kept his son from realizing his potential from the time Tim first began to show symptoms of schizophrenia to the inadequate educational supports he received growing up, his isolation from family and friends, and his frequent encounters with the juvenile justice system and, later, the adult criminal-justice system and its substandard mental health care. Tim entered adulthood with limited formal education, few work skills, and a chronic, debilitating disease that took him from the streets to jails to hospitals and then back to the streets. Losing Tim shows that people with mental illness become homeless as a result not of bad choices but of bad policy. As a former state policy maker, Gionfriddo concludes with recommendations for reforming America's ailing approach to mental health.

About the Author Paul Gionfriddo was born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated from Wesleyan University. He was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1978 and mayor of Middletown in 1989. He has led nonprofits in three states and was on the adjunct faculty at Wesleyan University and Trinity College. In 2014, he was named president and CEO of Mental Health America. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with his wife, Pam.

Editorial Reviews

A father's description of his family's struggles to raise and support a son with significant psychiatric difficulties, along with his reflections on the failures and gaps in care that his son encounters consistently over the course of his first two decades of life. The story is painful and instructive, and unfortunately not uncommon.  -Larry Davidson, Yale University

The best policy makers are those who focus on how their work affects the people they serve. As a former legislator who became the parent of a son with schizophrenia, Paul Gionfriddo found himself in a position to discover firsthand that even the best-intentioned laws don't always work for those who must rely on them. His book shows how personal struggles have helped him to rethink our nation's approach to mental health policy. -Patrick J. Kennedy, founder, the Kennedy Forum, and cofounder, One Mind for Research

Adapted from http://www.amazon.com/Losing-Tim-Education-Systems-Schizophrenia/dp/0231168284


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