Tim is a 27-year-old homeless man you might encounter on the streets of San Francisco. He's tall, gaunt, and unshaven, with wild curly hair. People who see him are afraid of him.
You might wonder where his family is. Why don't they take him in? Tim's father, Paul Gionfriddo, is a former Connecticut state legislator who served as the legislature's expert on mental health. How is it possible that he cannot get treatment--and find a home--for his son?
In a moving article in Health Affairs, Gionfriddo blames the policies that he helped create:
..it’s the policies of my generation of policy makers that put that adorable toddler—now a troubled adult, six feet, five inches tall—on the street. And unless something changes, the policies of today’s generation of policy makers are what will keep him there.