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When a Mentally Ill Child Becomes a Mentally Ill Adult

OC parents find they are out of care options unless Laura's Law is adopted

For now, Jennifer waits, predicting his fate. "No, Matthew is not mumbling to himself in the gutter—yet. Five years? How long will it take?"

For now, Matthew waits, too, behind prison walls. "We're not gonna bail him out because if we do, he's gone," Jennifer says. "So we let him sit in the jail and rot with no medication because there's no in-between services."

Gary says their plan is to visit him as much as possible and to try to convince him he needs help.

Now that her son, Matthew, is legally an adult, Jennifer Hoff can't get him the treatment she believes he needs
Kenneth M. Ruggiano
Now that her son, Matthew, is legally an adult, Jennifer Hoff can't get him the treatment she believes he needs
Photos of Matt Hoff
Kenneth M. Ruggiano
Photos of Matt Hoff

The Hoffs say they'll be able to sleep a little better for now, knowing their son is no longer on the streets.

"He's safe this time," Gary says. "He's safe tonight."

This article appeared in print as "Out of Care: New troubles await parents when their mentally ill child becomes a mentally ill adult."

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