Wyoming Behavioral Institute

Name of Hospital: Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI)

City, State/Province, Country: Casper, Wyoming, USA

Number of Stars: 2

Comment: Staff treated patients like children. I was personally put in time-out for talking while a staff member was talking, though I was a teenager and not a toddler. Staff often threatened to put adolescents in time out for things like not eating food, not doing schoolwork during school time, not getting out of bed for group or individual therapy, instead of realizing that these were symptoms of mental illness and discussing it with them like young adults.

Refused to give me tampons/pads when I asked, and would come back hours later with what I needed two hours ago. I had to put washcloths into my underwear so I wouldn’t bleed through my pants. Patients were punished if they didn’t do writing assignments for group therapy, which was issued daily. Patients were punished if they didn’t shower twice daily and change their clothes (although those are, again, signs of mental illness).

Many patients come back a second or third time because the treatments did not help. I had to be admitted a second time and lied my entire stay so I would be released early. They also didn’t plan for anyone’s stay and you would have to sleep on a mattress in the hallway the first and second days you came. I was absolutely convinced I would never get better because of WBI.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Bisexual, Mexican

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