Do not send your child here. I was just discharged today only because I lied my way out. I was so ready for help and to start to get my life on the right track, so I was voluntarily admitted to a hospital and put on a 72 hour hold. I never received an explanation of the program. I wasn\'t even told I was at a dual diagnosis center. I was totally ignored and received no support my first 2 days here. I only began working on discharge material after I learned on my own how the program worked and demanded all of my work. The \"psychiatrist\" didn\'t feel a suicidal patient needed any psych testing, but the girl who punched a paper towel dispenser did. I demanded to know when my 72 hour hold was up, and found out it was cancelled altogether. I decided along with my dad that the best thing for me was to leave because it was an incredible waste of time and wasn\'t receiving help, support, or even an assessment even though I heard the phrase \"we are not a treatment center, we are an assessment center\" countless times. The only assessment I received after being frustrated with the \"psychiatrist\"\'s neglect for 2 days was \"you\'re a very angry person.\" I decided to sign myself out because I am 18. The \"psychiatrist\", based on a premature assumption, decided to throw me back on a 72 hour hold due to one statement in a 2 minute conversation I had with him. The more honest you are with the staff, the less they do for you, and the longer you stay at \"not a treatment center\". None of my needs were met. The \"psychiatrist\" claims he is good at his job simply due to his 35 years of experience. His main goal is to save his job rather than the lives of the patients. There are rules, but they are not enforced the same by every staff. If the inconsistencies are called out, they make every attempt to create an excuse for their mistakes. The staff are also inconsistent and have bad attitudes. Some were great and were very supportive and helpful and agree this \"program\" is a dead end.
Although, this place is a perfect fit for people incapable of searching \"treatment center for ....\" in google or if you\'re a pathetic excuse of a parent and just want a place to lock up your kid. They do not encourage honesty. In fact, you aren\'t allowed to talk about pretty much anything there. Everything is considered inappropriate and triggering. You go in in a vulnerable state needing treatment, and are basically trapped in that state of mind until you\'re able to manipulate yourself out. They lied about the circumstances and the events that occurred to my father, they eavesdropped on all conversations, and generalize every situation that walks in to that place. The only way I was able to talk to the \"psychiatrist\" was with a mediator so he could not manipulate my words to fit what would be best for his job. The only take-away I got from there is to be grateful I am not forever stuck there.