My family member has been arrested. What do I do?
This question, along with others, will be answered in the presentation on September 13: Jail and Court Family Support.
Kathy Burden and Carol DeCarvalho needed to answer this question after their loved ones were arrested. Both of their sons have underlying mental health issues that led to their arrests. At the time, neither Kathy nor Carol knew how to navigate the criminal justice system to help their child. With much effort, they figured it out and ultimately formed a support group to support and assist others in this complicated situation. This group has been meeting since 2017.
Some of the topics the presentation will cover:
- What forms to complete in advance
- How to get help before a possible crisis event and during a crisis event
- How to advocate for a loved one within the criminal justice system
Kathy, Carol, and Heidi Alexander (new facilitator) want families to know they can be part of the solution and they are not powerless in what they can do.