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My son is a 15 year old, diagnosed with Mood Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. He has been hospitalized multiple times for aggressive behaviors to himself and others. Prior to admitting to Lakeview, he was being trthese behaviors with a minimum of 2:1 staffing (and often more) and multiple physical restraints. Through the advice of our Educational Consultant, we found Lakeview and set up a tour to meet with the clinicians and tour the campus. Prior to acceptance, Dr. Mozzoni, the Director of Behavioral Services at Lakeview, came to Kansas to meet my son and his staff. Following this visit, in order to prepare for my son's arrival, Dr. Mozzoni conducted multiple safety trainings with staff that included videos of my son aneated in a facility in Kansas that was only able to manage d preferred behavioral methods for dealing with him.
When we had to leave our son for the first time in August 2012, as my husband and I drove away from Lakeview, I cried. I cried the whole way home… all 8 plus hours. I was so sad to leave him and so scared…wondering if you folks would or even could take good care of my boy. I wish I had known then what I know now…that there would be a day I would be crying because he was leaving YOU and coming closer to home. While I am thrilled beyond measure he will be closer to us, I am sensitive to the fact he has grown on you and you will miss him. I am aware that he is leaving a place where he not only received excellent care, but also where he was much loved. Yes, I know it is a job and all of that, but no one works the hours you do, for such little money, with all of the danger, and stress, and headaches unless you love what you do—and that includes caring for the people it is your “job” to care for.