Hi there. I'm an infrequent poster (as you can tell by my post count). Just quick update before I get into my question. My son is 8...diagnosis'd with ODD at 3 yrs old...at the moment, we're in "crisis" mode at school...there's serious talk of outplacement at a special school...he's having frequent meltdowns at school, spending much of his day with the school social worker, being sent home about once a week, refusing to go to school about once a week (today being one of those days), and TODAY we finally have our appointment for a re-evaluation at a local Behavioral Center after several unreturned phone calls to several centers and several arguements with our insurance company to get coverage for such visits. Let's just say home life isn't peachy either. I physically ache from having to restrain him and my heart aches from having to deal with all of it. So, that's it in a nutshell. So, onto my question... In the recent "crisis" at school, the school social worker and youth officer have mentioned several times that we should not hesistate to call an ambulance to have our son taken away to the hospital and admitted for a psychiatric evaluation and it would certainly expedite things. I'm not sure how I feel about this. While he's certainly a handful and very draining on all of us, both physically and emotionally, he does not intentionally try to hurt himself or others, so an ambulance seems drastic to me. Do you think it seems appropriate? At what point does it become the right decision? Things have taken such a quick and drastic turn for the worse recently with no apparent reason and I really feel quite overwhelmed and like I have no direction from anybody. When he doesn't want to go to school, I feel like there is no set protocall and I don't know what I'm supposed to do. When he was first diagnosed, they told us we were doing every possible thing they would have told us to do. Now that he's older and getting worse rather than better, I'm just so out of ideas and I feel like I'm drowning. I just can't wait until our evaluation at 5 pm today, but of course, I'm sure they're not going to give us any answers. But, if you have any ideas/feedback on the ambulance question of mine, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much!