It was the most hopeful Sandy Sharp had felt in a long time.
Her 29-year-old son, Drew, had landed a bed at Grant House, a residential treatment facility in Denver. He was on track to stay there for a year. It seemed to be a huge breakthrough for Drew, whose schizophrenia and substance use had set him on a decade-long path of forced hospitalizations, homelessness and cycles in and out of jail.
But the following week, the Monday after Christmas, Sharp got a call that Drew had walked away from the facility and was missing. With dozens more troubled Coloradans in line, her son had lost his bed. She eventually learned he was at the ER, and after about a week at a short-term facility for the unhoused, he was released back to the streets.
And with that, there he was again: living on the…
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