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Difficult to follow up on Isaac Brouillard Lessard

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Coroner Géhane Kamel deplored that there are few resources to follow up on people in the same situation as Isaac Brouillard Lessard. (Archive photo)

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Stakeholders assigned to the intensive monitoring in the environment (SIM) of Isaac Brouillard Lessard in Mauricie testified difficulties encountered in this matter.

During the third day of the hearings of the public inquiry into the death of Maureen Breau, attention was focused on the psychosocial follow-up that received Isaac Brouillard Lessard while he lived in the territory covered by the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ) between 2021 and the time of the tragedy in March 2023.

The SIM team, which inherited the file, contacted Isaac Brouillard Lessard on December 30, 2021. They receive a very brief service request, which quickly details the situation of their new customer.

In this document, we find the age of Isaac Brouillard Lessard, his diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, the fact that he is in remission from addiction to substances such as cannabis and amphetamines and that he claims not to take his medication for 11 months.

At this time, Isaac Brouillard Lessard is on the eve of eviction from his apartment, which he loses due to his violent altercation with his concierge which took place earlier in the year.

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The psychoeducator Marie-Maude Beaulieu, who is part of the SIM team, testified about the difficulties she had helping him when the SIM was assigned to his case.

She remembers having received rather summary information on Isaac Brouillard Lessard, but that it was about a fairly typical situation. We often begin our interventions with a lack of information, she indicates.

In her intervention plan, which for her was mainly at the socio-professional level, she wanted to help him to find a roof over their head, and then help them find a job.

Most of the work in terms of job search took place in March and April 2022, she remembers helping him redo his curriculum vitae (CV), and transporting him three times to carry CV in town, but he refused any further help.

He didn't verbalize his needs, […] he didn't really need help according to him, she said, claiming that he refused things to better present himself to potential employers.

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Isaac Brouillard Lessard was resistant to monitoring carried out by health professionals. (Archive photo)

He had great confidence in himself to go see people and carry CVs, she remembers.

Ms. Beaulieu remembers that it was very difficult for the members of the team to intervene with him .

Without the client's collaboration, they couldn't make a very elaborate plan, she said.< /p>

The SIM team discussed very early on, as early as March, the lack of collaboration from their client with them when they attempted to follow up. By August, the team began to disengage from him, switching to a mode of monitoring mainly via text messages.

Isaac Brouillard's file was officially closed in December at the SIM, an event which delighted the main person concerned.

He was happy, he told us: "finally, you understand" that it is not necessary to have follow-up in your life, adds Ms. Beaulieu.

The coroner deplored the fact that there were no other resources that could follow up on the file; the end of SIM monitoring meant that there was a gap in follow-up.

But Ms. Beaulieu recalls that when making the decision, the SIM team thought that it was the right one.

We had no worries for Isaac, he was taking his treatment, he went to meetings with his doctor, he had not behaved aggressively during the year he was followed, she recalls.

Ms. Kamel questioned the absence in the system in Quebec of a mechanism similar to that of 'a probation officer, but for mental health cases.

She lamented that the responsibility often falls on health professionals who have difficulty playing this role.

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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116