From FOX31 Denver KDVR: “When Jonathan Delgado-Concepcion checked himself into Centennial Peaks Hospital on Oct. 18, he thought he might be there for a few days — a week at the most. Instead, the 28-year-old found himself trapped at the behavioral health hospital in Louisville, unable to leave even after he said he felt his mental health was better. ‘Suddenly, everything started to turn to a nightmare when they started to basically hold me against my will,’ Delgado-Concepcion said in a phone call from the hospital on Monday, Nov. 13.
‘Please do not give me any more drugs’
Delgado-Concepcion admitted checking himself into the psychiatric hospital following a DUI arrest that he said led to a nervous breakdown. What he said he did not expect was to be given a combination of psychiatric drugs three times a day, long after he felt he was doing better and asked to be released. ‘I started asking them, “Please, do not give me any more drugs,” because I was already feeling good,’ Delgado-Concepcion said.
. . . [His cousin Joanne Concepcion] contacted the [FOX31] Problem Solvers last week after she said the hospital was refusing to pass messages to her cousin, who has no other family members in the continental United States. ‘I know that they’ve been what we call in the medical field “blocking.” They’ve been blocking our efforts to contact and communicate with him and find out how he’s being treated in there,’ Concepcion said. The 51-year-old is a psychiatric and substance abuse nurse for a behavioral health unit in Texas and said she began to suspect her cousin was being held against his will for unethical reasons. ‘I suspect that they’re extending his stay here so that they can keep on using his insurance until it expires at the end of the month,’ she said.
Concepcion said the hospital finally told her last week her cousin would be discharged on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 12. But after driving from Fort Worth, Texas, she said hospital staff refused to release him. ‘Sure enough, they said, “Oh, well he claimed that he was going to hurt himself.” And I said, “Well, who heard him say that? What nurse documented that? What was his plan?” . . .’ When Concepcion asked to speak to her cousin’s doctor, the hospital instead called the police and accused of her trespassing . . .
Less than 15 hours later, following a phone call and email from the Problem Solvers to Centennial Peaks Hospital, Delgado-Concepcion was released into the custody of his cousin, Joanne Concepcion, at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.”
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