Habitual Runaways and Mental Illness

Habitual Runaways and Mental Illness

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Ebony Burton started this petition to Kansas Legislature Wichita City Council

I made this petition so that parents like myself can get help when our children continuously runaway.  This issue affects parents who have teens who suffer from mental health issues and we need change now!

Hello, my name is Ebony and I have a daughter that is a habitual runaway, since April 2020 she has runaway over nine times and all the police tell me is to keep reporting it.  My daughter has been diagnosed with PTSD and psychosis due to the fact that her dad was killed by the WPD when he was suffering from a mental break himself.

My daughter, just like her dad, also suffers from ADHD and bouts of Schizophrenia, which his dad also suffered from.  She runs and partakes in drug use just like her dad did which ultimately led to his death.  There aren’t any institutions here where I can turn to for help for her.  When I finally get her home she runs off again so I can’t get an assessment on her.

Many agencies in the state of Kansas only accept state insurance and even those out of state that will accept private insurance say that she has to be willing to go.  How is it that she can run away whenever she wants to without any repercussion but I can’t admit her to an agency to get her help? How do we as parents help our kids when we know they are suffering? We can force grandma and grandpa with dementia into nursing homes but our kiddos that are running away can’t be helped or forced to get help? We need laws in place to help our kids and we need it now! 

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