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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Abandonment in Colorado

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss health care issues and state social services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sometimes, emergency rooms are a place of abandonment.

Shaun Boyd at CBS News Colorado: 

A 13-year-old boy with Autism has been forced to live at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont for three weeks after his dad abandoned him and human service workers told hospital employees it would take months to secure placement for the boy due to a lack of resources.

A hospital employee emailed state Rep. Judy Amabile of Boulder last week asking her to intervene.

The employee said Boulder County Human Service workers initially agreed to take custody of the boy and then refused saying he was safe in an emergency department.

"Boulder County DHS has not spent more than five minutes with this child since his arrival three weeks ago," the hospital employee wrote.