First- I rec'd a letter from the Office for Protection & Advocacy-they turned us down. They reiterated the facts I'd given them in their letter and although a couple weren't listed exactly correct, it was probably close enough. They said if difficult child became medicaid eligible and I wanted their services getting him on medicaid or getting that waiver, I could contact them again. I don't quite get that- if he was medicaid eligible, I wouldn't apply for a waiver. Anyway, I also got another call from social services. (See my "any ideas" thread for background.) She said unless I can get difficult child medicaid, that no matter how we end up at the county team, she knows the people that would be there from each dept and they would probably never go against the PO if she recommends or even suggests that difficult child go into state Department of Juvenile Justice because everyone would stop at that point and say "then he can go into the state system and get mental health treatment thru them". I said "but kids in state correctional facility do not get real mental health treatment". She said it doesn't matter- that's more than likely how things will end up. I just feel like this will leave so many strikes against him- not only will he be dealing with mental health issues as an adult, he'll be an adult who had to have time in state Department of Juvenile Justice corrections, a ward of the state, an Residential Treatment Center (RTC) or whatever transitional program they try, not to mention his several acutue stays in phosps. How can any kid grow up and overcome all that? You know what it's all about- why should this county spend their money helping a kid and his family if they can get him in the state jurisdiction? Please keep fingers crossed that I get a letter soon saying difficult child is eligible for that medicaid waiver. Somehow, I doubt that will happen- I hear it takes about 3 efforts and appeals and they can take 30-45 days for each one. I just don't have the resources to make it that long. I need a miracle.