Does anyone know of a decent psychiatric facility in the Houston area, especially for adolescents? I have a son who has Asperger's, Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Anxiety Disorder. I loved the inpatient facility at UTMB in Galveston (Rebecca Sealy unit), but it permanently closed after it was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. I took my son 5 years ago to Laurel Ridge in San Antonio and was very happy with his treatment there..
I have had very bad experiences with most facilities in Houston. At IntraCare North, he was beaten by staff and medically overdosed on Cogentin, to which he was showing an adverse reaction, yet they kept injecting him with it. His regular psychiatrist sent us to IntraCare, but neglected to tell us that he was going out of town for a golf weekend, and no doctor actually saw my son while he was there. He was severely physically abused--he had bruises on every inch of his body, including on his toes and the soles of his feet. Devereaux kept him for a week--and he was never seen by a doctor. I told them that he could have sat at home and colored for FREE at home. Kingwood Pines was grossly inadequately supervised. They didn't have enough beds for the patients--adolescents in the unit were sleeping on the couches and the floor in the common room, both males and females. And they only had ONE tech to supervise all of the inpatients overnight. I was also told that no medications would be given without my consent first. Not 2 minutes after I was told that (we were filling out admissions paperwork with a staff member), I watched a staff member give my son a pill and a cup of water. When I asked what they just gave him, they told me it was a sedative, and that they give it to all patients upon admittance. I asked what about their policy that I just signed that said NO MEDS would be given without prior parental permission, and I was told that the sedative was standard policy and didn't count. My son takes quite a few other medications--what is this sedative? How might it interact with what he's already taking? I threw a fit, literally, until they released him "against medical advice."
My son is needing hospitalization again. I am trying to decide if I should take him back to Laurel Ridge in SA, or if there is any decent facility in Houston.