Our Mission

Our mission is to advocate and affect change within the mental health system so that the mentally ill will not be criminalized due to their mental health issues.  This call involves a commitment to build Community Based Mental Health Facilities in every community……State Wide.  Create more Mental Health Courts to divert the mentally ill away from Prison and into treatment. TLC Lighthouse will work cooperatively with others of mutual purpose in accomplishing the task before us.

 

We are working hard to change involuntary inpatient and outpatient laws so people can get help before they become "danger to self or others" rather than forcing them to wait until after.  We also see a need to improve the quality of programs so consumers want to get into them, rather than escape from them.
 
We advocate for those incarcerated mentally ill inmates who need our help, and those who have been released from prison without any support.   Even a little help goes a long way.

 

Do you want to support us by helping with our work? Then do not hesitate to contact us. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!

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Founder & CEO

Karen Dunston-Carr

E-mail: karendunstoncarr@tlclighthouse.com

or carrkaren.kc@gmail.com

Phone: 1-215 609-2245

Facebook:  Karen Serene Dunston-Carr

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1/7/2015

Reported by Samantha Melamed:

(Philadelphia Inquirer) 

 

"Deal aims to end solitary confinement for seriously mentally ill prisoners in Pa."

 

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PLEASE NOTE:  Before my son was arrested on September 2, 2011, he voluntarily commited himself on August 22, 2011 to Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, and on August 24th, they called me to tell me they were going to send him to jail if I didn't come get him.  I rushed to pick him up on Aug 24th...and later found out they gave him Haldol.  After taking Haldol he began to demonstrate defensive, impulsive, assaultive behavior.  I brought him to several different places that would not admit him because he has a medical condition  (a colostomy), so finally on Aug 27th he voluntarily commited himself to Jefferson hospital, and they did the same thing Belmont did, kept him for 2 days and released him to me on Aug 29th.  Four dayslater, on September 2, 2011 he was arrested...now he's a criminal!  ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!

 

Nobody should be punished for behavior that arose out of a common treatable mental health condition.  It is not a crime to have a mental illness so why are the mentally ill criminalized?

 

Haldol is the brand name for Haloperidol, it is an antipsychotic medicine.   It works by changing the actions of chemicals in your brain. haldol is good for treating agitation, aggressive outbursts and mania, but can also have some adverse effects, such as defensive impulsive assaultive behavior.
 

I need to find out why my son at times becomes defensive towards the people who are treating him.  He needs therapy to get to the root of it. He was never violent as a child, nor as a teenager.  He was always kind and gentle towards the elderly, children and animals.  Something happened to traumatize him.  I am trusting God to allow those that are treating him at Torrence State Hospital to find out why, and then treat him until he becomes normal again.

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TLC Lighthouse

1400 S Hanson St

Philadelphia, PA 19143

 

Please call us at: 215-609-2245 or fill out our contact form.

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