(Des Moines) A group of eastern Iowa mothers with mentally troubled kids are asking for help at the Statehouse today.
Alissa Tschetter-Sieschlaw of “Trauma Mamas” says helping kids like hers with “reactive attachment disorder” and other mental health problems could help prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook or Columbine in the future.
“And we wonder, where did this come from, who raised this kid? Well that’s maybe me that raised that kid,” said Tschetter-Sieschlaw. “I was given a kid who came from horrible circumstances, who was prone to violence, prone to delusions, prone to all of these things and I’m doing my best to clean it up, but I need help.”
Tschetter-Sieschlaw’s telling lawmakers that treating a child for mental health problems is far cheaper and more effective than warehousing and treating an adult for a lifetime.
And, Representative Jeff Kaufman says speaking with the “Trauma Mamas” was a real eye-opener.
“Their discussions were how violent and how dangerous their environment is as a parent with this child and they’re asking for help,” said Kaufman.
Representative Kaufman says lawmakers should consider providing enough funding to eliminate the two year wait for specific mental health services for children.
Iowa Radio Network