The Financial Side of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues for Families

By Mark Astor 12 months agoNo Comments

Hi, everyone. I’m taking a break to share some thoughts with you. Myself and Audra Simovitch, who is part of my team at Drug & Alcohol Attorneys, are attending a small meeting at NAMI. NAMI is the National Association of Mental Illness. We come down here once a month to hear different professionals speak about things that have to do with mental illness and substance abuse. That is very much a part of what we do at Drug & Alcohol Attorneys.

We were blessed this evening to hear a presentation by a financial planner named Allen Giese. I would be happy to put anyone in touch with him who may want his information. Several years ago, he discovered that one of his children was suffering from mental illness. That set him on a course to discover the best way for families to plan for the cost of taking care of a child who is dealing with mental illness.

One of the conversations that we have regularly with families is the cost of taking care of a child who is dealing with substance abuse. No family has that Marchman Act or criminal defense savings account sitting there, because they’ve planned for their child to end up in the criminal justice system as a result of substance abuse and a mental health disorder. They don’t have an account set aside so that they can hire a lawyer and pay for the expense of dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Allen now counsels families on how to plan for the future of taking care of a child. He has really great information. It’s something that we hadn’t really considered before. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to hear someone like this speak. If you know someone or you’re a family that is struggling with the cost of taking care of a child like this and you would like more information, I will be happy to share it with you. Send me an email at

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