[UPDATED with Teen Found, Jailed:] Matt Hoff is Off His Meds and Missing After Being Kicked From OC Jail

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UPDATE, FEB. 22, 8:03 A.M.: Since Matt Hoff's disappearance was publicized in the media and on social networking sites, the bipolar 18-year-old was reported spotted in Brea, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach.

However, the Ladera Ranch man was found Tuesday evening in Santa Ana, not too far from the Orange County Jail that kicked him loose around 4 a.m. Feb. 7, his last-known whereabouts. Hoff was put back behind bars.

Santa Ana Police say he was jailed after being arrested near Edinger and Stanard avenues on suspicion of possession of narcotics around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

His family is delighted the teen is safe, and they hope a judge's recent recommendation will help keep it that way for the mentally ill young man. The judge found Hoff should be placed under a mental health conservatorship that would allow his parents the legally get hospitalization for him whenever he needs it, the Orange County Register reports.

UPDATE, FEB. 21, 9:44 P.M.: Matt has been found, but promptly put in jail by Santa Ana police for possession of narcotics. Stay tuned for updates as we get them.

ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 21, 10:44 A.M.: The parents of Mitrice Richardson screamed holy hell and sued Los Angeles County after the bipolar 24-year-old's bones were found in 2010 near a remote sheriff station that had released the former Cal State Fullerton student from lock-up the year before--after midnight, with no money, phone or ride home. The parents of Matt Hoff pray there will not be a similar outcome for the mentally ill Ladera Ranch 18-year-old, who was released from the Central Jail in Santa Ana at 4 a.m. Feb. 7 and has not been seen since.

Hoff's parents, Gary and Jennifer Hoff, set up a Facebook page they hope will generate tips that will lead to their boy, who is likely roaming the streets alone. You can also call them at 714.759.4357 or the Orange County Department of Behavioral Health at 714.517.6353. Facebook includes this most-recent photo of Matthew:

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Matt Hoff
Matt was last seen at 4am in Santa Ana CA. His parents were not notified of his release untill 12 hours later.

Matt normally calls home multipal times daily. We are very worried.
Please anyone who can help get this information about Matt out there...news, radio, librarys, hospitals, gas stations.

We love you Matt. Please call us.
February 14 at 1:41pm

Matt Hoff
Matthew We Miss You Please Call Home
Our 18 year old son has s serious mental illness. His brain actually tricks him into thinking he is not sick. His illness has gotten rapidly worse since he turned 18 and was transitioned from an out of state treatment residential facility May 2011 into the care of Orange County Mental Health TAY Services. We need you help to locate him so his father and I can try to reason with, tell him how much he is loved by his family, tell him that his little brothers ask for him every night. We need an opportunity to just talk with him and let him know we wre here to help in any way we can
February 14 at 3:11am

Hoff has exhibited erratic behavior since he was 5, and he was treated with anti-psychotic medications, kept at group homes and received other services for the mentally ill through adolescence. Previously, when he had run-ins with the law, he could receive the treatment he needs. But once Hoff turned 18, he was "aged out" of treatment programs, which are only available to adults who pose dangers to others.

He recently earned a 60-day jail stay for theft, and sheriff's officials denied his parent's attempts to get him his meds while behind bars. His parents now fear he has sunk into full-blown psychosis. His parents are willing to pay for treatment in a private facility, but often while in his psychotic state Hoff does not trust them, and they cannot commit him against his will.

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Jennifer Hoff
Jennifer Hoff

Thank you so much for reporting on our son.Just to clarify....I did not say a judge saw Matt and recommended him for an LPS....We WANTED Matt to go in front of a judge for recommendation.....he never saw a judge.

Thank you agin for all you help....I hope we all work this hard for the next "Matt"

God blessJen

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I wonder how long he's been doing meth, and what percentage of the drug contributes to his bi-polar behavior. I feel sorry for the kid...meth is bad news...but robbing a Subway and getting meth right after you get out of jail leads me to believe that it's a drug addiction that's causing his behavior, not bi-polar disorder. But then again, that's sort of a chicken/egg thing...who knows which came first. 

LRich
LRich

Don't know what happened here and why the people in this article weren't able to help him. Maybe he didn't see them or they had already left. So sad.  Hope he is found soon and is safe.

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B Gardner71
B Gardner71

You are evaluated at the jail when you are recieved there, if you refuse medication there is nothing they can do.  It does not matter what his parent say after the age of 18.  it sucks but it is the truth.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

hey i think Ive seen this kid the other day in the orange circle area chapman and glassel. Also, why the f**k would the OCSD deny someone their psych meds? WTF is that all about?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Just curious:  what is that pictured on his t-shirt?

Cathi Mims Yamaguchi
Cathi Mims Yamaguchi

Thank you for sharing Matt's story. I hope his parents hear from him soon and he can get the help he needs.

Lorena A Sandoval Rodriguez
Lorena A Sandoval Rodriguez

to everyone if anyone has seem this young man pleased help the family bring him back home... if some one seen were he was last seen call the family, friends or cops so they can imediately pick him up and take him to the doctor were they can do his treatments .... help this family bring this kid home to his love ones and god bless and my prayres with the family god give them strength to keep going and find their son safe and sound

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Poor kid. No one would consider it humane to deny a diabetic their insulin...so why are they so casual about cutting off someone's psychiatric meds?

949girl
949girl

This is really sad.  Why would the OCSD deny him his meds?  I sense another well deserved lawsuit against the OCSD will be filed.  

Mayawaterman
Mayawaterman

Jen so glad you have found Matt!! Have never been able to place a conservatorship on my eldestI Good Luck with that!! too am going through the same thing with schizophrenic / bi-polar eldest daughter ~ and have many times with youngest daughter who was addicted to meth ~ for the life of me do NOT understand WHY police stations / jails / ect are allowed to turn folks out after midnight with no means to get home! many times have driven for hours to pick up from remote places at crazy am times / we should PRESS for a change in the laws on this one for sure! so the "Mitrice's" and "Matt's" are not lost! due to ignorance of stand alone mental illness or combined with addiction. Either way much is to be done to educate law enforcement ect: anyway have some peace now my dear knowing he is safe right now ~ warm regards from Maya

Jennifer Hoff
Jennifer Hoff

He was given drugs the first night he returned to California while in a board and care run by our wonderfully accountable health care agency.

Ronda
Ronda

People with mental illness often have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse.  Self medicating often occurs with chronic mental illness.  It is up to a trained professional to determine what type of assistance and treatment is best for these individuals not untrained law enforcement officers.  Dr. Ronda L. Hampton

LRich
LRich

I've heard that's when they always let them out, in the middle of the night.  I also heard of a man who's daughter was released at 1:00am years back.  A guy drove by offering to give her a ride and then raped and killed her.  I heard her father drives a trailer or rv over where they let them out every week.  He offers them something to eat and gives them a used cell phone.  All donated to him.  He didn't want to see another family go through this.  I'm so sorry this happened again. I guess he wasn't there that night. I'm sure he's sick about it.  Prayers to his family and this boy to be found safe and get the help that he needs and deserves.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Matthew asked for his meds after his first arrest. They were refused because he could not figure out how to properly fill out the pink med request forms...20 days cold turkey off antipsychotics and mood stabilizers....he suffered. He begged be every day to get him meds because he could not sleep. 20 days to undo what took 6 years to accomplish. I don't know how they sleep at night.

Ronda
Ronda

That is not true. Many people who suffer a mental illness refuse their medication that is the purpose of a 5150.    Dr. Ronda L. Hampton

Anna
Anna

becuse the OCSD thinks that they are all that and they are always trying to strut their authority at the expense of others. I hope OCSD gets a well deserved lawsuit so there will be less cops on the street. How angering! This did not need to happen. OCSD is at fault.

Carlacjac
Carlacjac

Paul...I am trying to help his parents find Matt.  Do you know what day it was and what made you think it might be him.  What was he doing?    Please post.  And, thank you.  Carla

Carlacjac
Carlacjac

I AGREE!  It should be up to a trained professional, but it is not.

LRich
LRich

I found this article on it.  www.rcbo.org/services/detentio...I don't know why Matt did not see this or why he wasn't directed to it by someone.  So sad. I hope he's found safe.

Carlacjac
Carlacjac

It is somewhat true.  In jail, its very much like the community.  If the person qualifies for a "5150" they can be emergency medicated if the danger is imminent or they can go through a riese like hearing, if it is thought that they are potentially dangerous to self or others or gravely disabled and refusing medication due to your cognitive disability.  BUT, the reality is it is  difficult to be dangerous to self or others in jail, when you are guarded 24/7,  and even more difficult to be gravely disabled (inability to utilize food, shelter or clothing).  It is actually even harder to get/give treatment in jail than it is in the community.  Jails were never intended on being psychiatric hospitals.  And, 5150 does not guarantee any sort of medication.  (Plus, it doesn't apply to jail because it is a WIC code.,)  

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

You're goin' straight to hell for that one, Clockwork! Oh, and Bishop Brown wants to see you in his office ...

Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan

Well it sounds like Matt faces a hard road in his life seeing as he has spent almost all of his life institutionalized and those being developmental years, but I believe that he can live a life outside of a controlled environment. I can only imagine what it would be like to have a child that I can not provide a needed safe environment for. It is hard when someone is not doing well to watch and hope that choices that are made don't lead to major negative consequeces.

The services I described work well with anyone. I get to see it work quite regularly. When you approach someone in a way which they like not forcing them to do anything. I sure as hell know I don't like anyone telling me what to do or forcing me to do anything angainst my will. There are other ways to get people to participate in services even if they are impulsive and don't make good decisions.

There is still limited scientific understanding about mental illness and the brain. We have medications that target certain symptoms associated with mental illnesses but they are not specifically targeting what ever is triggering the mental illness. The brain shows a great ability to make changes and recover. There was a study looking at people with anxiety and brain scans and they found that people were able to have just as good results in changing chemical response in their brains with participating in CBT therapy and learning coping skills as people that were controling through medications.

When I asked what his goals are I really was curious in wanting to know what his goals and intersts are not what some service provider wants. The majority of articles that I read regarding a person with mental illness are usually concentrated on stigmatizing, negative things and often do not include strengths and likes.

Back to being able to prvoide people services in the community with them being able to make choices for themselves. Yes you can not guarantee that nothing bad is going to happen. I am not in Orange County but at where I work, we work with 400 people many or which have poor insight and are impulsive but we have very few safety issues, thats not to say that bad things don't happen and that people don't often make choices that impact their lives or others. We do get to see people grow though and change and pursue their goals and see what it is to be a part of a larger community. These things come with some risk and we encourage people to take risks because that is a part of life.

Jennifer Hoff
Jennifer Hoff

Matthew has been living in institutions his entire life. When he turned 18 he left the locked facility he was being kept safe at. Whee these kids turn 18 they are kicked to the curb. I have almost 700 pages that make up Matthews file from age 5.

The services you are describing work well with individuals who have the cognitive ability to make sound, safe and sane decisions and are willing to participitate.

Not for individuals like my son who lacks the very insight needed to make any safe decisions.

His goals since age 12, per the psych at the locked facility included academic, social and behavioral areas....the #1 goal was "to keep matthew safe"...#2. To keep others safe.

The county has narrowed their interpretation of our civil commitment laws to the point that they are being used against the very people menu to be protected.

I really am finding it difficult when people don't get that this chronic brain illness that disables the part of the brain that in responsible for decision making....that he has had since childhood....violence may never happen but danger is guaranteed 100%

I know. I am his mother.

Matthew has friends and buddies... He needs to be KEPT ALIVE.

Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan

Man you really want to push the issue of 5150 yet don't seem to realy understand what a hold was meant for. I don't know if you treat anyone with a mental illness in your practice because if so your approach may be a bit off putting.

I don't know Matt or the family but from reading this article my heart goes out to both of them and the first thing I think is Matt needs a good friend / mentor. What are Matt's goals, what does Matt like to do? In this article I see mostly stygmatized roles that drain ones hope and resilance. Maybe he would have a little more by in to treatment if he had something to get better for. Hopefully someone can help Matt find some hope and help him in developing self-responsibility and meaningful roles.

Family hang in there and continue to provide that support. It can be hard when a family member is not doing well but try to have some conversation with them that does not revolve around his treatment.

Orange county really needs to develop a better support system for people being released from jail. They should be identifying individuals with mental health needs and trying to link them to mental health providers before release, as well as having day time releases where agencies can come for support. 

Ronda
Ronda

Lights On is a great service and for people who are not in a compromised mental state I am sure most would take advantage of this.  However, when someone suffers a mental illness or mental health crisis they often have impaired judgement and are not able to make good decisions.  In this case the person should be evaluated for a 5150 and could be considered a gravely disabled person which would allow  trained professionals to care for them.   Dr. Ronda L. Hampton

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