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how long can a person stay in a group home?

my brother is 19 yrs old and lives in a group home (he is a schitzophrenic) My mom asked when will he be released to go home and she was told that they were going to keep him indefinatley. Im assuming thats for life? Right? :/ ( I dont know if they mean til he is 21 or what. ) And they will continue to put in waivers to keep him. Is this possible or right. If this is true how can they determine that they need to keep a person if he is stable enough to live at home. Any advice or comment is appreciated ☺

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:16 PM on Aug. 28, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Group Homes usually have parameters for their patients. Some times it states an age. Frequently it does not unless it is a childrens home. Once in a long term group home setting most patients stay there or transfer to another group home. Very few ever go 'home' Usually it is due to mental defects that effect decision making processes. Schizphrenia is a mental illness. Unless there are underlying factors once he is stable, andf the family proves they can provide care and it is safe..they can go home. However, many wind up returning to facilities or group homes due to non compliance with meds on 'the outside'.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 9:24 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • Sorry hit enter too soon. If your family really wants him home contact your Patient advocate. Does your Mom have conservatorship/guardianship..or does someone else? If someone else there isn't much she can do but fight the conservatorship/guardianship.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 9:26 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • This question is almost impossible to answer because there are lots of different types of group homes, and they are regulated on the State level usually. If he is staying there under a court order, then your family should contact an attorney that specializes in this area. The laws that govern facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled can be riddled with jargon which makes them very difficult for a lay person to navigate.

    Answer by beckcorc at 9:27 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

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