Their Kids Died on the Psych Ward. They Were Far From Alone


From the Los Angeles Times: “[A] Times review identified nearly 100 preventable deaths over the last decade at California psychiatric facilities. It marks the first public count of deaths at California’s mental health facilities and highlights breakdowns in care at these hospitals . . .

Following almost every death at a psychiatric facility in California, the facility continues operating and does not face a financial penalty. Meanwhile, families remain unaware of the hospitals’ track records.

‘Welcome to the black hole, said Benjamin Miller, a psychologist who is chief strategy officer for the Well Being Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the mental health system. ‘Everyone should be informed as to what type of care they receive, but that’s the problem with mental health — nobody really knows.'”

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