Transcript of Telephone Conversation between Dr. Charles Balis, M.D. and Sgt. Vincent Andrews of the San Francisco Police Department

Dr. Balis: Hello, is this Vincent Andrews?
Sgt. Andrews: Yes.
Dr. Balis: Hello, I'm Dr. Charles Balis. I understand that you're the person who handles the medical needs of the prisoners in the city jail?
Sgt. Andrews: I'm the Health Officer for the Incarceration Division, yes.
Dr. Balis: Good. I'm the treating psychiatrist for Mr. Decker Jenkins, who you've got in custody.
Sgt. Andrews: Right, the boy who killed his mother.
Dr. Balis: Sergeant Andrews, please understand that I'm not calling to talk about the facts of his case, but I'm very concerned about Decker's emotional state. Decker recently came into my care and he's suffering from Active Phase Schizophrenia. I'm afraid he's at risk for suicide as well. I'd recommend that Decker be placed on a suicide watch and I would also recommend that he continue to get the medication which I prescribed.
Sgt. Andrews: What was that, Doctor?
Dr. Balis: The medication? It was risperidone. I prescribed 6 milligrams daily. And vitamin E, 1200 units.
Sgt. Andrews: Okay. We'll make sure he gets it. And thanks for the tip, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: You mean that's it?
Sgt. Andrews: We're not animals here, Doctor. If the boy's psychiatrist says he needs some medication, we'll make sure he gets it.
Dr. Balis: I didn't mean to offend. I was just expecting that I would have to go through a lot of paperwork or something.
Sgt. Andrews: I'll fill out the requisition for you. And you didn't prescribe a narcotic or something that has any particular resale value inside, you know? And we'll keep close watch on Decker. We had noticed that he had emotional problems.
Dr. Balis: Of course, I understand.
Sgt. Andrews: Was that it?
Dr. Balis: Uh, who is representing Decker?
Sgt. Andrews: You mean an attorney? Decker's being represented by the public defender's office.
Dr. Balis: Does he have a specific attorney?
Sgt. Andrews: I don't know if one has been assigned yet. But I'll give you their number and they can tell you.
Dr. Balis: Okay, thanks.
Sgt. Andrews: That's 553-1671. Area code 415.
Dr. Balis: Thank you very much. You've been very helpful.
Sgt. Andrews: That's what we're here for. Good afternoon, Doctor.
Dr. Balis: Goodbye.
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