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Hello and thanks for writing to us. My name is***** am sorry to hear your sister is struggling and can understand how much you are worried about her given your distance. I am also sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Most cities/counties have programs to help meet the mental health needs of their homeless/high risk populations. I would definitely contact the shelter and ask to talk to her case manager about ensuring she is plugged into a local community mental health program. They may make sure to get her permission before disclosing info to you, so be aware of this before calling. These programs are for those who are uninsured/underinsured or have Medicaid.
You could also attempt to call some local agencies that assist the underinsured with mental health care in that area to see what they recommend. Perhaps being proactive and helping her schedule an intake appointment would ensure she at least takes a step in terms of getting evaluated and establishing care. Try these options...
https://www.bridgewayrehab.org/services-homeless-outreach.html Also consider their ACT program https://www.bridgewayrehab.org/services-pact.html
I hope this helps!! And I really hope her case manager in the shelter is already trying to be proactive in terms of attending to her mental health, but it is possible she is not revealing her struggle to people because she is fearful of maintaining her housing (or for some other reason).
Let me know if you have additional questions,
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