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Kristin Jones' article on the difficulty of mental health intervention begins with the the story of Danielle Nordeen, who drove  a 16-year-old Toyota Camry 300 miles from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo twice a week to visit her son in a psychiatric ward.  Her son is seven.  "Across the state, the same story plays out," writes Jones. "A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist.

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I-News Network health reporter Kristin Jones reports on the complex challenges faced by people with a "dual diagnosis," both a developmental disability and a mental illness.  It's just another complication that's wearing down an already over-burdened mental health infrastructure.

Jones writes: A tranquil moment of drawing at the kitchen table cedes to Alex’s high-pitched squeal, his wrists colliding. Once he starts hitting himself, there’s nothing to do but freeze and wait for it to pass.