In the throws of teenage torture, many of Jake's writings and texts are stress-filled, anxiety-riddled brain dumps. I've been waiting to publish another one until I came across something hopeful and positive. Here we have it, sort of. Instead of just listing symptoms of his autism and anxiety disorder, he's turned his focus to designing a hospital that specializes in Autism that could help him and his friends. [Background info: I think he has heard me discussing with colleagues the need for Mental Health Treatment Hospitals, for crisis care, that also have special strategies to address and communicate with our Super Heroes. Many times mental health issues are co-morbid with autism, but cognition and comprehension challenges prohibit some mental health treatment success.]
Here are his words, I just added punctuation.
Stop incarceration of special needs people.
Replace jails and psychiatric hospitals and group homes with Autism Crisis Hospitals and schools, with apartments inside the hospitals.
We need to redesign the logos of Montgomery county police cars, get new uniforms and add new cars called the Autism Crisis Services. All police and EMS will be even more specially trained.
For the Autism Crisis Hospital, I will contract with Kennedy Krieger, they are the best. It will be a hole new change for global disabilities or challenges. They will help us when our choices we do, when we are upset or overwhelmed or making poor choices.
Our hospitals will be completely positive and well-trained staff with no mean doctors. It will have very neutral, calm-colored paint, with cement walls and some with blue-pads available.
It will have a lot of sensory rooms, a light room for some kids, an OT gym and cafeteria. All this will help and support many of my friends. Once you are there, there would be no reason to go back to a regular hospital because they would have things figured out to help everyone.
The police would know what to do with our kids and individuals they would calm them down
and find them a quiet space. If they lose control the police can bring Autism Crises vans with pillows, soft walls in the back of the van, a weighted blanket and blue lights.
So here is how the system would work the families; First ask the upset person with autism to take break, if that doesn't work ask them leave the situation if they are still having trouble, then they could call the Autism Crisis van to come. Calmly walk to the van, that is just as big as a giant truck (think mobile home).
Inside the Autism Crisis van there will be 3 rooms like my school resource room. Pillows in the rooms and super duper quiet with blue lights and gentle music. It will have safe-room doors and will have something so if a child is upset they can either watch tv in the safe room or do a calming activity. Then the Autism Crisis team person can talk to the kid who is struggling or upset or perfectly fine yet still sad.
If the person is still upset you can decide to take them to the Autism Crisis Hospital. When you enter, calm lights turn on that are white but very dim and they pull the van into a big garage that closes behind them so no one escapes. They can go slowly into the hospital and not elope.
Inside the hospital they give weighted blankets to every person... boys and girls have to be suppurated so no one gets more overwhelmed.
Fidget toys, Snacks and Blue flooresent lights too.
Then doctors check in, they are happy and talk soft and they help them get calm.
If a person gets upset again there would be no reason for my friends to go to the jail. Even if they are dangerous because they can't help it.
I have all these ideas because I have experience at regular hospitals. There would be no need to go to a hospital ever. If I’m in overwhelming settings and being dangerous (committing crimes, disorderly conduct and losing control) there would be no need for me to go directly to jail without calming down in the Autism Crisis Van or Autism Crisis Hospital first.
My mom and dad help and support me and my school and behavior resource friends
and doctor Mathew and the federal police and doctors and police friends are on top of my behaviors. We leave overwhelming settings, we take breaks, we talk aLOT.
These are things my family and team is on top of.
When I’m talking about the hospital, I’m taking about how it would help my friends too. When I’m a president, I’m talking like down down the road, this will help my friends and me. When I’m done being president and making a big change all of this, there is going to be help and support all the time.
Also I think what we are also going to do in my county, not just here but everywhere is make a big difference with police EMS hospitals, and no more jails for people with special needs.
No more untrained police, no more untrained doctors.
We need new and trained professionals for family members, students and foster family’s who understand this behaviors so there is no more stress.
We need to stop putting people with special needs in prisons.
**Jake...you are an amazing young man. Thank you for changing the world one day at a time. I am honored to know you and call you my friend." Assistant Chief of Police Betsy Davis, Montgomery County Maryland Police Department
**Jake is a great kid who will be famous and rule the world one day. Good for us, to get on the Jake bandwagon early! Jake is motivational and represents both the struggles and accomplishments of a person with Autism.”
Ofc. Laurie Reyes, MCPD I/DD, Autism, and Dementia/Alzheimer's Special Division
**That kid is an amazing young man and I wish we could bottle his spirit and spread it around this country. Wow!"
Retired First Sgt. Chris McClellan, North Carolina Highway Patrol