By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
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.
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."