Against Their Will: Locked Away in a Mental Hospital after Voluntarily Seeking Help

When do children and adults need in-patient mental health treatment and when is out-patient therapy a better choice? A Dallas television station presents a collection of stories about children and adults  who voluntarily went to psychiatric hospitals seeking help. Yet, the WFAA-ABC station reports, when people asked to go home, "they claim the staff ignored state law by threatening or dissuading them from filing such requests."

"Too often, experts say that for-profit, private facilities do not choose the "least restrictive appropriate setting" for therapy, as mandated by current law, and instead default to locking up people in more expensive inpatient care when it's not necessary," WFAA reports.



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