Re "System fails struggling mom again" (Dan Morain, Feb. 24): I am writing to thank The Bee editorial board for publishing columns over the last few weeks regarding the failure of the system in the care of mentally ill people.
Matthew Herrera is my first cousin, and Karen Herrera is my aunt. Over the years, I have been witness to the many struggles my aunt and cousin have gone through in trying to receive the much needed care that Matthew has failed to receive.
Matthew has continuously been pushed through the revolving door of being sent to either jail or mental facilities, only to be released without an adequate system of care in place, so that he does not return to jail within hours of his release. This only starts the never ending cycle again.
The daily frustration and anguish that my aunt has gone through to help her son are insurmountable. Thank you for your efforts to help.
-- Melanie Saling, Hollister
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