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Ask Amy: Broccoli works, until Mr. Oreo arrives

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: Thank you for your compassionate response to “Feeling Helpless,” the grandparents who are balking at sharing the expense of in-patient residential mental health treatment for their grandson.

Any reputable program should have a robust support system for affected families; they should also be able to make excellent recommendations about next steps, both during and after treatment.

– Been There

Dear Been There: I’m genuinely sorry you have “been there,” and I hope the treatment your family member received worked for all of you.



(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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