Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia by Paul GionfriddoLosing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia by Paul Gionfriddo

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

byPaul Gionfriddo

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

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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.

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 presi...
Title:Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with SchizophreniaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pagesPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231168284

ISBN - 13:9780231168281

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Tim Brings a Gun to School2. Tim Gets His Start3. Our Introduction to Special Education4. A New School, a New Crisis5. Suspended Animation6. Rocketing Through Middle School7. High School Cooks Up Trouble8. West to the Northwest9. Hospitalization from the Northwest to Middletown10. Tim Comes to Austin11. AmeriCorps and the Chain of Neglect12. Tim Begins Adult Life13. Tim Hits the Revolving Door14. Launching Tim15. Tim Returns to MiddletownEpilogueAcknowledgmentsReferences

Editorial Reviews

The author does a phenomenal job in giving a voice to a population that is often marginalized and voiceless.