In 2001 I was a school teacher, and had been for 10 years. I have a Master's in Education from the University of St. Thomas. I did have 7 teaching certificates.
In January of 2001, I contacted my psychiatrist regarding a conflict of medication. He advised me to stop taking one of the medications and reduce the other. I misunderstood his instructions, and as a result experienced a psychotic break. During this episode I poked my mother with a knife (which later required one suture). I called my ex-wife for help, and she called 911, telling the police I was insane and stabbed my mother (technically correct). I was arrested and help without bond. I was eventually found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity on April 20th, 2001, and released.
As a result, I have lost my career and my teaching certificates. I am on disability through the Teacher Retirement Program and sell fishing tackle, which doesn't support my family, including my mother, who understood the situation and visited me in jail as soon as she found out where I was.
I cannot get a job where a criminal history is required. Any help regarding this situation would be appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you regarding this.