Update: (Partially) moving off hiatus!

Hi there folks!

Thanks for bearing with the long absence. I am now going to be posting submissions regularly again, though the other projects will remain largely on hiatus. I will also be answering any emails that I haven’t gotten to during the time away.

Some stuff has calmed down for me, and there are renewed pushes for institutional care going on. So I feel like now is a pretty good time to come off the hiatus.


Psych Ward Reviews Is Going On Hiatus

As you may have noticed, the projects and postings have slowed down as of late. I apologize for this. There have been some obstacles in my personal life to managing the site. As a result, I am placing Psych Ward Reviews on a hiatus. I expect to end the hiatus sometime in December 2017.

The hiatus means all policy projects, news article gathering, and social media updates will pause. You can still submit reviews, but they will not be posted until the hiatus ends. If you are a Patreon supporter, it would probably be best to at least temporarily end your contributions. I feel it unethical to continue to receive them during this time.

Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Daily Dot article on Psych Ward Reviews out; collections of research updated

New article on Psych Ward Reviews out at the Daily Dot

A new article is out at the Daily Dot with a feature on Psych Ward Reviews. Subjects include the potential ACA repeal, mental health care overall, aspects of psychiatric ward failures, and the purpose of the site. You can read it here. It’s important to get the perspective and site out there!

We have updated our collections of outside research!

This is the research we’ve been able to find without academic access. The pages for outside policy, research, and data that have been updated are:


Estimated release date for the original policy toolkit on quality of patient care is now April. Stay tuned!

News article collection, page with CMS inpatient ratings, and more

To best increase accountability and give the most information possible:

  • Collection of news articles making progress
  • New guidelines on news article submissions
  • Page with CMS inpatient facility ratings based on core quality indicators

News Articles

I have 15 more hospital news articles in a document to review, but for now, here is the running list of hospitals we’ve found news articles about allegations of abuse against patients, neglect, and insurance fraud on. Some new guidelines on what kinds of articles and reports we’ll take for that submissions feature are now up. They’re mostly about how recent articles need to be and article subject matter.

Page for Inpatient Core Quality Indicators

There’s a new page for inpatient core quality indicators and an explanation of what those are. There is a link to ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A foreseeable upcoming feature is a downloadable dataset on TJC core quality indicators from a research study.

Other Updates

I currently am up to date on all reviews that have been received and also have updated the “view all hospital reviews” page. I fixed the “Facebook Group Policies” PDF link as I had put a broken link there by mistake and have added a sitemap under the “About and Site Usage.” There are new categories, “reviews” and “news articles,” available under the categories drop-down and under “View Reviews and News Articles.”

Article on Psych Ward Reviews and Other Updates

  • I recently published an article in the Establishment about Psych Ward Reviews, which can be found here.
  • The article has brought in an influx of submissions. If you have submitted before 9:10 pm US Eastern on 1/3/17, your post has been reviewed. I have scheduled all accepted submissions to post twice a day. Your post might take a while to show up, as there were quite a few and I’m scheduled almost until the end of January.
  • If you have submitted a “contact” form, I will be answering those tomorrow.
  • I also updated the categories and tags page recently so that it no longer contains the giant list of every category. I will be updating the hospital tag lists tomorrow.
  • Lastly, we have some new followers! If you are a new follower, please read the site content warning.

Updates to Submission Guidelines

Please note the following guidelines have been added:

10. Please do not talk about any other mental health needs you do not have in an ableist (discriminatory) manner.

Please note the following field has been added as an option to fill out:

Any other identities/marginalizations i.e. race/gender/sexuality that could have influenced your stay?

(Those of you who have already submitted need not re-submit with this information).

Thank you for reading!

We now have a Facebook group and Twitter!



Join the group to receive the latest posts and to offer support and receive support and show solidarity. Allies can join.


1. No bigotry – this includes but is not limited to racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism.
2. Civility is needed here in this group – disagreement is okay but attacks are not.
3. Do not belittle or shame other people’s experiences or mental health diagnoses.
4. Allies can join. Allies are expected to not speak over people with mental health needs and people who have been in psychiatric hospitals.