“Anyone else have issues like this?”

NC Gardens

Ed. Note: You may also wish to contact the Mobile Crisis Team (MCS). “The team is part of the Dept of Mental Health’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program which operates 3 mental health programs:

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES): 202-673-9319 (24hrs, 7 days per week)
Mobile Crisis Services (MCS): 202-673-9300 (9am -1am, 7 days per week)
Homeless Outreach Program (HOP): 202-673-9124 (9am -8pm , M-F)

Also you can call 311, 911 or 1(888)7WE-HELP (1-888-793-4357).”

“Dear PoPville,

At 6:05pm, Tuesday, at the corner of 16th at North Carolina Ave NE, I saw a disheveled, 45-50ish woman rolling a big suitcase with a few bags hanging from it. She rolled to the front of our building and hung out on the side walk, like she was looking for someone. I went out the back stairway, but when I came around the building on my bike, she had pulled a bottle of cleaning fluid and was dumping/flinging it everywhere (and unfortunately focusing on the buzzer). I yelled at her, asked her what the hell she was doing, and started taking photos. She yelled at me about termites, scorpions, coming from the crust of the earth, etc etc etc. A neighbor stepped out for a cigarette and saw her walking back to her bags. She packed her bags and left.

Anyone else have issues like this?”

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  • Yes, she’s mentally ill and is a neighborhood regular.

    Will your building ever fix the NC Gardens sign? I’ve been wondering for years! : )

  • Ashy Oldlady

    May your building be termite and scorpion free from now on!

  • Yellowing at someone with mental illness rarely helps the situation.

    • That’s true, but I got the impression that the OP didn’t realize the woman was mentally ill until she responded about termites and scorpions coming from the crust of the earth.

    • If they are throwing stuff at my residence I’ll be yelling too. It won’t cure her mental illness but it get her on her way down the street

  • andy

    why yes, insects and arachnids have been coming out of the crust of the earth to attack me.

  • This woman once doused me and my food with a mystery liquid as she walked by Indigo. Be grateful she just got your callbox and not your chicken tikka.

  • Do what the editor said.

    One minor correction, though. The department is now Department of Behavioral Health. They changed their name several years ago when APRA (in DOH) merged with DMH. The merger resulted in a new agency mission and name. And yes, I’m a wonk.

  • Welcome to the big city.

  • Said it before, and will say it again. As someone with a son with serious mental illness – drug use and its damage are not mental illness. Please don’t confuse them, they’re demeaning and hurtful to those with spontaneous mental illness and also keep hard drug users from getting the help they need.

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