MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

‚ÄčThe *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 





                             Debra





I have been labelled 5150 the first time I


was taken to the Santa Cruz county jail


20 years ago.  



   I was a young girl then just barely out of my teens.



   I had been out to a party one night.  I


think someone slipped me a Mickey in


my drink.  I walked from Portola all the


way to downtown Santa Cruz.  My


family drove around looking for me all


night long.



When I arrived home they were waiting


for me in the living room.  I spoke to


everyone and went straight to y


bedroom.  There I started to trip out and


I threw my purse up in the air and it hit


the window and broke it.




The next morning my mother discovered


the broken window and called the Santa


CRuz police.  I jumped in the shower and


put on a black karate gee.  When I came


out of the bathroom a policeman was


waiting for me in the livingroom.  My


mother told the police man she thought I


sued drugs the night before.  He pushed


me down on the couch and said he


wanted to talk to me.




   I immediately pushed the policeman


back and we started to roll around on the


floor.  I am not sure what happened but I


ended up with his baton.  When I gave


him the baton back he choked me.  That


was my 5150.