I had a brief conversation with a gentleman in a shelter who had been released from prison a couple of days earlier. I can’t for the life of me remember how we got from “hi, how ya doin” to “when I left the jail they only gave me 3 pills of my anti depressant.” h had not been able to get prescription never mind figure out how to get it filled and paid for. It’s worth noting that suddenly stopping some medications can be very dangerous.
Let’s deconstruct this:
1. He is released from prison
2. He is given a few pills but no prescription.
3 he is expected to;
a. Find housing with little or no money or income.
b. Get a new prescription.
c. Find out how to pay for it.
d. Check in with his parole office.
e. Find a psychiatrist.
f. Stay out of trouble and of drugs and alcohol.
Did I miss anything?
I appreciate that we live in a “take care of your own self society” (no I don’t, I don’t appreciate that at all) but why is that we expect people who are already challenge to navigate systems and complete quests that are tougher than anything in the Legend of Zelda?
This system is set up to ensure this persons failure.
How do you fix this?