DEAD WHEN POLICE GOT THERE. THE MAN SURRENDERED TO POLICE AND IS CHARGED TONIGHT WITH MURDER, BEING HELD RIGHT NOW AT THE CARROLLTON CITY JAIL. NO BOND HAS BEEN SET.>MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION, NORTH TEXAS HOSPITAL CHAIN FACING NINE CRIMINAL CHARGES AND UP TO $3.3 MILLION IN FINES FOR WHAT PROSECUTORS SAY HAPPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. WE HAVE BEEN DIGGING INTO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THESE HOSPITALS FOR FIVE YEARS NOW. Reporter: AS YOU KNOW SINCE 2013 PATIENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES HAVE REACHED OUT TO US COMPLAINING ABOUT ABUSE, NEGLECT, THREATS WITH NEEDLES AND MORE. THE ONE COMPLAINT WE HAVE HEARD THE MOST IS FROM THOSE LOVED ONES WHO SAY PATIENTS ARE BEING HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL. THAT IS THE FOCUS OF THIS CRIMINAL INDICTMENT. THIS PLACE, IF YOU ARE NOT CRAZY IT WILL MAKE YOU GO CRAZY. Reporter: SUFFERING FROM DEEP DEPRESSION THIS MAN SAYS AN AMBULANCE TOOK HIM TO SUNDANCE BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL IN GARLAND ON SATURDAY TO GET HELP. BUT WITHIN HOURS HE SAYS HE JUST WANTED TO GET OUT. HE SUDDENLY HAD TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO SIGN PAPERWORK TO BE RELEASED AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE. I DID THAT AND THEY STILL HELD ME. FOR ANOTHER 24 HOURS. Reporter: IT’S THE SAME STORY THE I-TEAM HAS HEARD FROM OTHER FORMER PATIENTS, OUR CAMERAS HAVE GOT PARENTS FIGHTING TO GET THEIR CHILDREN OUT WITH LAWYERS BY THEIR SIDES. NOW TARRANT COUNTY IS TAKING ACTION, THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS CHARGED WITH HOLDING PATIENTS INVOLUNTARILY AND ILLEGALLY AT THE ARLINGTON FACILITY. AGAINST THEIR WILL WITHOUT OBTAINING A COURT ORDER OF PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. THE COURT DOCUMENTS FILED TODAY ALSO CITE OTHER PROBLEMS AT THE ARLINGTON FACILITY, REPORTS OF PATIENTS ESCAPING, AND RAPE INSIDE. ILLEGALLY EJECT DID — INJECTED CHEMICAL RESTRAINTS AND MOST RECENTLY A SUICIDE THE I-TEAM TEAM — REPORTED IN SEPTEMBER. PATIENTS HAVE MADE SIMILAR CLAIMS, FORMER EMPLOYEES HAVE SHOWN US PICTURES THEY SAY OF PATIENTS ROOMS, AND EMPLOYEES SLEEPING ON THE JOB. CHILDREN HAVE TOLD US ABOUT THREATS WITH NEEDLES AND SEDATIVES KNOWN AS BOOTY JUICE. WE GOT THREATENED WITH IT. Reporter: THESE COMPLAINTS AND MORE ARE ALSO FOUND IN INSPECTION REPORTS THE I-TEAM JUST OBTAINED FROM THE STATE, WE SHOWED THEM TO REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE CLICK WHO HAS HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THE FACILITY FOR YEARS. THERE ARE ALWAYS REPORTS HERE THAT IT IS ABUSIVE. WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING THESE FOLKS. Reporter: THESE OFFENSES WERE A CORPORATE FAILURE AND A CORPORATION MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. ATTORNEYS FOR SUNDANCE TELL US THESE REGULATORY COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A CRIMINAL CASE WHICH WILL BE VIGOROUSLY CHALLENGED AND ANY PERCEIVED VIOLATION WILL BE AGGRESSIVELY DEFENDANT. SUNDANCE IS A LONGTIME ACCREDITED MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REGULATES THEM, IT WOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE INDICTMENT BUT A SPOKESPERSON TOLD US THE STATE ALSO HAS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. IT IS ONE THING IF YOU CAN GO AFTER A DOCTOR OR NURSE, BUT HERE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LITERALLY A HOSPITAL CHAIN, HOW DO THEY GO ABOUT GOING AFTER A CHAIN? WE HAD TO LOOK INTO THAT, THE OWNERS WERE ACTUALLY GO BEFORE A JUDGE FOR THEIR FIRST COURT APPEARANCE IN MID-DECEMBER, A JUDGE WILL SET THE COURT SCHEDULE AND THE CRIMINAL PROCESS WILL JUST BEGIN. WHAT THIS MEANS THAT IF THIS CORPORATION IS CONVICTED IT COULD FACE MORE THAN $3 MILLION IN FINES, IT WOULD ACTUALLY BECOME A CONVICTED FELON. IT IS THE CORPORATION AND BY DEFAULT THE OWNERS. EXACTLY. THE CBS11 I- TEAM WORKING FOR YOU, IF YOU

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6 thoughts on “North Texas Mental Health Hospital Indicted For Holding Patients ‘Involuntarily And Illegally’

  1. Thank GOD!! THIS DUMP HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR 8 DAYS!!! It was AWFUL! The a.c. went out and the fans were not too helpful. Booty juice was given to one girl while I was there. THESE folks are still sending me a bill too!!!
    Are the gonna pay us for emotional damages?

  2. I was there in 2018 and there were a lot of patients upset and wanting to leave. I agreed to go and stayed for two weeks, because of severe depression.

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