He had been doing better- but he had two knives tonight. One in his right arm swung back and one in his left hand about an inch from my throat. He demanded my cigs. I gave them to him and he went to his room. This all came shockingly out of the blue- we had just been chatting in the kitchen- he wasn't irratible or anything. Anyway, as soon as he went to his room, I called 911. They came- these two guys weren't so nice- but they didn't bring tasers. I immediately starting telling them that I wanted difficult child tdo'd and that they had to take him somewhere tonight. They started with the "We don't HAVE to take him anywhere, Ma'am". And that did it for me. I said "oh really". I went to the other room and came back with therapist's letter and a copy of my request for emergency hearing, dated last Thurs. I pput that out for them to read. I told them he saw psychiatrist yesterday. He saw PO today- she said if she'd thought he needed more, she would have requested it. I said "so just what is it that you think I should be doing that I haven't already done and just who in this county is supposed to be doing something?" They read the stuff and got nicer. One said he'd been doing this 13 years and he was sorry to say that I'm not the only parent that has called them and confronted them with the exact same problems and frustrations. I asked if he could do anything to speed up getting a hearing and he said no- he said they listen to cops less than they listen to parents. Then, he called mental health crisis to start tdo and - check this out- the crisis center put him on hold for over 10 mins. I was thinking at that point, that if we can get difficult child tdo'd, I'm not going to sign parental admission to psychiatric hospital- that will force a hearing. But, the cops got frustrated over being put on hold from county crisis center (the only place in the county that cops can call to get a tdo) so they started talking about taking difficult child to detention center. difficult child heard this and decided he'd go to psychiatric hospital willingly. Well, that blew my plan to force a tdo hearing. One cop followed me and difficult child down there. That's another weird thing- I'd been told by several cops before that they aren't allowed to do that because it's over the county line. Anyway, about 6 hours later, here I am. At least difficult child told them (cops and people at psychiatric hospital) that he put a knife in my face to get cigs. It didn't sound quite so violent coming from him and using those words- but it definitely sounded irrational and mentally unstable. Especially when they asked if he was planning on hurting me and he just nonchalantly said "Oh- Noooo". Our family meeting is already scheduled- for Friday. I'll push again for them to try to get more supports- but I'm worried because last time I did that, the social worker said she would check on things with psychiatric hospital psychiatrist. Then, I got a call from that psychiatrist and he just said difficult child was standing next to him and he was discharging him. But, my therapist told me today that every trip/admission to psychiatric hospital just worked to prove my point to others in the system that difficult child needs more mental health care than just typical outpatient appts. And, after thinking about it, my plan to force a hearing by not signing parental placement in psychiatric hospital would have backfired- the judge probably would have said "why should the county help you- you wouldn't sign to put your son in psychiatric hospital when he was taken there".