Helping Parents, Families, & Caregivers

Avoiding ethical violations in mental health treatment

Have you ever been to a mental health agency where everything appeared to be disorganized, unethical, and perhaps even illegal? Did a loved one receive mediocre mental health services, inadequate services, or no help at all? If so, you are not alone.I recently spoke with a former colleague who has worked in the position of residential advisor for 15 years. She has always been leery about the practices she has seen in previous positions in which she worked. She shared a story about a mother whose son was killed through asphyxiation during a physical restraint in a group home. He was only 17-years-old when three, medium build young guys, pinned him to the floor face down and held his arms down. Despite multiple cries for help and complaints of not being able to breathe, this young man died. It wasn’t until the restraint was over that staff could clearly see that this young man wasn’t breathing.

Believe it or not, hospital medical errors and incompetent procedures have become the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s a public health concern that many families face each year. As a result, it is important that you understand how to protect your loved one.

 

To read more on this topic, visit my sister-site: blogs.psychcentral.com/caregivers. 

I wish you well

   
As always, I wish you well
Tàmara 
 
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