Lyra Mental Health Check (LMHC) is a federal program that provides free, 24-hour mental health screenings and referrals for people living with mental illness.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are roughly 20,000 people living in the United States with mental health problems, with many of them struggling with substance abuse and anxiety.
“I was so angry, and I wanted to cry, and then I was just numb, and all I could think about was my brother,” one man told ABC News.
“And I remember the first time I cried, I was so scared, and he just sat there, and just kind of said, ‘Don’t worry about it.'”
According to the American Psychological Association, the LMHC is not a replacement for regular mental health screening and treatment.
It is only available when the person who needs help has severe mental health issues and their symptoms can be managed through medication or psychological services.
The American College of Psychiatry, the nation’s largest professional organization of psychiatrists, believes the LMHF should be considered a supplement to regular screening, but its official stance is that it is a substitute for the person seeking treatment.
“It’s not a substitute,” said Jennifer Ruggles, director of the Institute of Mental Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The purpose of the LMH is to address what we call the acute crisis, when someone is experiencing their illness and not being able to get care.”
Lyra’s parents, the former mayor and his wife, have a history of substance abuse, according to ABC News, and the family has also had a history with domestic violence.
In March, the couple was indicted on a domestic violence charge stemming from a June 2016 incident in which the couple reportedly beat their son and another man.
In October, the family was convicted of stalking, assaulting and assaulting their daughter, and both men were sentenced to prison.
“They’ve been in and out of prison for a long time, so we don’t really know the long-term effects of their abuse,” Ruggs said.
“We just know that they’re in jail.
They’ve been living in a house, with two children, and that they’ve been involved in domestic violence, and it’s hard to know what to do with a young child who is so vulnerable and who needs services.
We’re in a very difficult situation.”
As of now, the Ruggses have a home, but the family doesn’t want to leave.
“If we’re not going to leave, then we’re going to get them in jail,” said their daughter.
“I’m not going into jail with the Riggles, because they’re going back to jail.”
Lynda and her brother, who are not named, are currently homeless.
Their mother says they’ve had to move into a tent with the help of local nonprofit organization, We Love We Move.
“We have a family, and we’re trying to support them, and make sure they have good food and a place to stay,” Riggs said, “and if they can’t, we can do anything we can.”ABC News’ Laura King contributed to this report.