According to federal officials, Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, a DeSoto psychiatric hospital, will lose Medicare funding for putting its patients in "immediate jeopardy" of harm. The decision was made based on inspection reports which detailed allegations such as a staff member who did not know how to deal with potential sexual predators, patients being left untreated for hours, and a 12-year-old boy who was injected with an anti-psychotic drug for "agitation" even though video footage showed he was watching cartoons.
According to recent lawsuits, two patients claim that they were held against their will at Dallas Behavioral HealthCare Hospital, a well-known mental health hospital operating in DeSoto, Texas. Alexandra Hansen claims that she went to the facility in January 2016 to obtain information on outpatient assistance for severe anxiety. Ms. Hansen says that she was detained after only a brief consultation with a doctor through an iPad. Her mother was reportedly ushered out of the facility as Ms. Hansen was escorted through several doors that locked behind her. Ms. Hansen's family spent nearly two days trying to secure her release from the facility. According to the lawsuit, the facility claimed that they had a court order to involuntarily commit Ms. Hansen, although the order was never presented to the Hansen family. In a similar lawsuit filed last week, D'Undria Warren claims that went to the facility in March 2016 to obtain information about grief counseling following the recent loss of her a child. Ms. Warren alleges that she was involuntarily committed to the facility after a brief iPad consultation with a doctor. Ms. Warren was released nearly 24 hours after she arrived at the facility after repeated requests to sign an "Against Medical Advice" form.