News Articles on Livonia COPE

Name of Facility: Livonia Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE)

Location: Livonia, MI, USA

News Articles

The Detroit News, “4 charged with abuse at Livonia mental health site,” July 2018: “Four workers at a Livonia psychiatric facility were charged Wednesday in connection with the physical abuse of three male patients at the facility, while a doctor and a nurse were charged with failing to report the abuse.”

The Detroit News, “2 face felony trials in alleged patient abuse,” July 2018: “Dixon and Jackson will be tried on two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm by strangulation, plus misdemeanor charges of third-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.”

News Articles on Anderson Health Services

Name of Facility: Anderson Health Services

Location: Marshville, NC, USA


Charlotte Observer, Teens in NC psych center were choked, zip tied, faced ‘imminent danger,’ state says,” June 2018: “Newly released state records and investigative reports obtained by the Observer detail allegations of physical abuse, faulty treatment and failures by Anderson Health Services since it opened in Marshville in September.”


News Articles on Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health

Name of Facility: Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health

Location: Tulsa, OK, USA


  • BuzzFeed, Videos Show the Dark Side of Shadow Mountain,” April 2017: Oklahoma Department of Health investigating Shadow Mountain. “The state has repeatedly put the facility on probation, citing allegations ranging from… medication errors to failure to report incidents of sexual misconduct.” The facility’s director also physically restrained children, “putting them into holds that a nationally recognized expert described as unwarranted and dangerous.” And to be head nurse, “Shadow Mountain hired a person who had been disciplined three times by the state medical board.”

News Articles on VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System

Name of Hospital: VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System

Location: Leeds/Northampton, MA, USA


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)