An article published on September 18, 2019 by The Tampa Bay Times states:
Patients are held captive and cut off from their families. Then using loopholes, Acadia holds patients longer than allowed, running up their bills while they are powerless to fight back.
Thousands of hospital admission records, police reports, state inspections, court records and financial filing were reviewed by The Times.
Since 2014, North Tamps Behavioral, one of Acadia’s behavioral-psychiatric facilities, has been cited 72 times for unsafe conditions and code violations.
Martha Lenderman, an expert on Florida’s mental health law, described the way North Tamps Behavioral facility routinely extends patients’ stays as a “red flag” and some of the tactics the hospital uses she called “shocking.”
At least six people committed under Florida’s Baker Act have been able to escape. In 2014 a mental health technician punched an autistic man and kicked him repeatedly in the head.
Two patients reported sexual assaults at the facility in 2018.
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