She says what he needs is long term treatment at a residential facility. However, that decision isn't always up to the parents to make.
Kimberlyn Williams feels like she’s spinning her wheels and going nowhere.
“Everywhere I go, someone sends me to somewhere else; They`re pointing the finger in every direction,” she says. “Somewhere there`s someone that has the answer to this and I can`t find that person."
She's now in the process of finding that person - an attorney to finally get her son help.
Williams says she caught her 12-year-old son trying to molest her 4-year-old daughter. That’s the latest incident she says after years of violent and inappropriate behavior towards her and children at school.
We sat down with her and her fiance at their home earlier this week.
“He has been diagnosed multiple times from different doctors,” she says. “Everything from Oppositional Defiant Disorder, early onset bipolar disorder, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder and Conduct Disorder.
What Williams wants is her son to receive 24-hour supervision in a residential facility. However, getting her wish is much tougher than she imagined.
“I don`t know what else to do. There are so many roadblocks," she says.
For a growing number of parents in the Commonwealth like Williams who believe their children need residential care, several roadblocks stand in their way.
According to Dr. Bela Sood, a child mental health doctor and advocate, the number one obstacle parents face is finding a bed. Residential facilities have a very limited number available. Then, there's the financial issue of who would pay for it. Insurance companies typically require proof that parents have exhausted every type of treatment before approving residential care. Also, depending on the child's diagnosis, that could limit where and if the child could even get treatment.
Williams continues to fight.
“I can`t just give up,” she says. “I can`t just back down and let him back in."
Next week , along with her attorney and fiancé, Williams plans to meet with a team of doctors and social workers who could help her son get the 24-hour treatment he needs.