Center for Discovery (Whittier)

Name of Hospital: Center For Discovery (Whittier)

City, State/Province, Country: Whittier, California, USA

Number of Stars: 1

Comment: I was transferred from a hospital to their inpatient teen mental health program, all of the patients were minors. It is set in a large house, with two person bedrooms, not enough showers, an open sitting area with couches, a large dining room, a kitchen, an outside courtyard, and the little room where you saw the psychiatrist. The food was sometimes really good, usually not. They took trips a couple times a week to the park, library, or gym.

I had to strip naked as the first step to being admitted. They strip searched everyone everyday, some people many times in a day (i.e. every hour). They search your belonging in your room multiple times a day. There are treatment-related activities 6-8 hours a day, which you are forced to actively participate in, unless you wanted them to lower your rating (you were given a 1-4 rating that could be changed at any time by any staff member, and these determined your privileges). Their psychiatrist might see you once a week, and almost everyone was heavily (and excessively) medicated. There about half as many staff as there are residents, at least 10 staff on the floor at all times.

The staff gives little to no respect, acknowledgement, or care to the patients. a vast majority of male staff members were aggressive and would often wake people (including myself) up by violently shaking, slapping, hitting them, and yelling at them. If they had to restrain someone, they often hit them, choked them, and often used excessive force in general.

The staff as a whole forced patients into every activity, even (and especially) activities that caused the patient distress. They monitored you 24/7 and needed to hear every sentence said. Whispering not allowed. They would confiscate (steal is the correct word) notes from other residents if they found one in your belongings. The staff would often threaten to lengthen your stay. You were not allowed phone calls until you reached level 4, I think. Few ever reached level 4.

I left far worse than when I came in. I believe most of the patients did.

I was assaulted by staff, consistently verbally abused, over medicated, forced to conform, and forced into treatment.

In my humble opinion, shut CFD down before more people get hurt.

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

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: minor (under 18)

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