The September 2016 #7DaysOfAction is cranking up. From 7 dudes last time, the campaign is currently up to 35, and seeking as many more people and families as care to come forward.
The people who have come forward so far have been asked three questions:
- How did you come to be admitted to an ATU?
- Since when, or how long for if you’ve left?
- How far away from home were /are you?
Most people were admitted for reasons other than specific needs for assessment or treatment:
Assessment and Treatment Units are supposed to be short-term placements to get a person who is having a wobble onto an even keel and ready to return to their place in the outside world. Only one of the people spent less than six months in a Unit. He did not, however, return to his place in the outside world. After three-and-a-half months, he died in the said Unit, owing to neglect by Unit staff and management.
About half the people in ATUs were taken a hundred miles or more from home. Most shockingly, one currently-detained person’s family had been kept for three months in ignorance of his location and still did not know his whereabouts, so had no way to check on his welfare. He has vanished into the system.