Patients held against their will, children drugged and abused, at Acadia psychiatric hospitals

2019 was quite a year for the for-profit psychiatric hospital chain, Acadia Healthcare. Their Tampa Bay Behavioral Health unit was under investigation for conspiring to hold patients unnecessarily to make more money. Acadia Montana was found to have used drug injections as punishments for children. Another Acadia youth facility, Desert Hills of New Mexico, was closed amid allegations of staff members instigating “fight clubs” and sexual abuse of young patients. These are only a few of the scandals uncovered about Acadia that year.

SOURCES: Neil Bedi, Tampa Bay Times; Ted McDermott, Montana Standard; Kara Hartnett, Nashville Post

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