Wednesday, September 28, 2016

most of us were asleep--Katie Hadar said she and her family want him out of jail and placed in a hospital for treatment. She compared her brother’s situation to a person accused of murder having a heart attack. The suspect would receive medical attention. But with mental-health issues, “it’s not like that,” she said. “This is our worst nightmare.”---Responding deputies — who at that point didn’t know about the alleged window-breaking — reported that he was naked near his campsite and talking incoherently, but decided he was not a threat to himself, citing the fact that he had food and water, and did not take him into custody.------Katie Hadar and her family are living a nightmare. Her brother, Jacob, was arrested Tuesday in Carbondale after several incidents that came amid what Katie Hadar said was a psychotic episode. But Jacob Hadar was then held for three days in the Garfield County Jail, though he wasn’t technically an inmate because, still suffering from psychosis related to bipolar disorder, he refused to be booked. Katie Hadar said they didn’t know his whereabouts after Sunday, when they last spoke to him, until friends in Aspen texted them about stories of his arrest that appeared in Thursday’s newspapers.--------“He’s not a criminal, he’s not an addict,” Katie Hadar said. “He has a mental illness, and he’s being classified as criminally insane overnight. We’re losing him to the system as we watch, and we’re not getting any response from anywhere. There’s no advocate.”-

and take decades
to understand the system
this system that is flawed
so that the innocent are flayed
and the weak are undone

and take decades
to record
what was done to them
and be calm in all you do
for this is history that is different


and take decades
to watch the players
on the stage of commerce
(for all politicians are
might be the savvy bankers of politics)


and take decades
to record it all
so that the children may not be ashamed
most of us were asleep
but some of us were awake

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Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (Audio)

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/171824

Sister says brother who was arrested not a criminal, but has mental illness

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer


Jacob Hader spent three days in Garfield County jail without his family’s knowledge
Katie Hadar and her family are living a nightmare.

Her brother, Jacob, was arrested Tuesday in Carbondale after several incidents that came amid what Katie Hadar said was a psychotic episode.

But Jacob Hadar was then held for three days in the Garfield County Jail, though he wasn’t technically an inmate because, still suffering from psychosis related to bipolar disorder, he refused to be booked. Katie Hadar said they didn’t know his whereabouts after Sunday, when they last spoke to him, until friends in Aspen texted them about stories of his arrest that appeared in Thursday’s newspapers.


She spoke to the Aspen Daily News because she fears for her brother’s physical well-being, and also to raise awareness of the incredibly difficult and heart-breaking situations that arise when people with mental-health issues meet the justice system.

“He’s not a criminal, he’s not an addict,” Katie Hadar said. “He has a mental illness, and he’s being classified as criminally insane overnight. We’re losing him to the system as we watch, and we’re not getting any response from anywhere. There’s no advocate.”

She said she couldn’t even give authorities her brother’s medical history because “he has not given them permission to speak to me.”

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said what the Hadar family is going through isn’t unique. He acknowledged that such a scenario can seem “circular”: Jacob Hadar would not consent to being booked into jail because of his mental state, and thus could not receive inmate privileges, such as mental-health treatment and the ability to contact a relative, until that happened. Vallario said Colorado statutes mandate that jail staff, and doctors and psychiatric nurses from a private company that the sheriff’s office contracts with, cannot offer calming medication and other treatment to suspects until they are formally booked into the facility.

Hadar was arrested Tuesday after he walked into Carbondale and laid face down in a street. He then allegedly spit on and hit an officer. On Sunday, people in the Thompson Divide area reported that a man later identified as Hadar was partially clothed and had climbed into the vehicle of strangers. He also allegedly smashed the window of another vehicle. Responding deputies — who at that point didn’t know about the alleged window-breaking — reported that he was naked near his campsite and talking incoherently, but decided he was not a threat to himself, citing the fact that he had food and water, and did not take him into custody.

Chief Judge James Boyd of Garfield County District Court, in an advisement hearing Thursday on the charges Jacob Hadar could face, ordered that he undergo a competency evaluation from a doctor at the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

Katie Hadar said she and her family want him out of jail and placed in a hospital for treatment.

She compared her brother’s situation to a person accused of murder having a heart attack. The suspect would receive medical attention. But with mental-health issues, “it’s not like that,” she said. “This is our worst nightmare.”

Police and the mentally ill

Vallario said Friday that, without a judge’s order concerning competency, a defendant’s mental-health issues take a backseat to the criminal proceeding.

Regarding the Hadar family’s frustration with their relative’s inability to understand even the initial jail-booking process, and the limbo that that left him in, the sheriff said, “I don’t disagree at all. There are a complete lack of facilities” for people with mental-health issues.

The problem for law enforcement and families alike arises when such a person acts out criminally. Family members and defense attorneys then have to go through the court process, including petitioning a judge to have the defendant evaluated.

In Jacob Hadar’s case, despite him being uncooperative when authorities were trying to book him into jail and state statutes mandating that he be formally classified as an inmate before jail treatment, a mental-health professional worked with him, Vallario said.

“It sounds like he is improving,” he said.

Katie Hadar said her brother had been living with another sister in a cabin in Paonia for the past nine months. They’d been going on walks, and Jacob had stayed on his medication. But recently, he stopped taking his meds and decided he wanted to camp for the summer outside Carbondale, she said. The family then did their best to get out ahead of looming issues, including notifying the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. She said that agency has been “awesome,” as they pledged not to use unnecessary force with her brother.
Hadar also shared a letter she sent to Judge Chris Seldin of Pitkin County District Court (Jacob Hadar faces potential charges in both Garfield and Pitkin counties).

“As a family, we have been working day and night over the past two years to find a solution, which treats his illness with dignity, medical attention, psychological components and medication,” she wrote.

The letter implores Judge Seldin to take steps to get the defendant into a hospital for treatment.

But Katie Hadar said she’s not stopping there. She has also contacted the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“We want the governor’s attention and direct attention to mental illness in general,” she said. “We have to start addressing this.”


chad@aspendailynews.com

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