Psych Crime Reporter

April 6, 2018

State Yanks Psychologist James Medina’s License for Sexual Misconduct

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On September 14, 2017, the California Board of Psychology revoked James Medina’s license.

The Board’s Order of Decision states that Medina treated a female patient from July 2008 until summer 2014. The patient was 27 years old at the start and had disclosed to the Medina that she was an adult survivor of child sexual abuse.

The Board concluded that Medina had engaged in gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, unprofessional conduct, and sexual misconduct in his treatment of the patient. Further, he kept inadequate and inaccurate records for the patient, among other violations.

The document describes Medina’s sexualized behavior toward the patient, including personal emails, texts, and social media comments relative to her appearance, sex-related advice, expressions of sexual desire, and unwanted physical contact, such as hugs and rubbing of the back, waist and sides of breasts, and angry expletive-laced texts.  Medina also engaged in social activities with the patient and her friend, gave the patient money on a few occasions, purchased the patient’s television, among numerous other treatment and record-keeping violations.

Source: Order of Decision In the Matter of the First Amended Accusation Against James Medina, Ph.D., California Board of Psychology, October 9, 2017.

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Psychologist Sookyung Chang Loses License for Financially Exploiting Patient

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 2:59 pm

On October 30, 2017, the California Board of Psychology revoked Los Angeles psychologist Sookyung Chang’s license.

The Board’s Accusation states that in 2006, a husband and wife who were seeking to separate sought services from Chang to help them divide their assets. In the process, the couple shared with Chang information about their properties and investments.

After the conclusion of the psychologist-patient relationship, Change remained in contact with the husband. In 2007, she borrowed $300,000 from the man to purchase a property and except for a payment of $25,000, never repaid him.

In 2011, when the man was in danger of losing his home, Chang offered to purchase the property from him. They agreed that Chang could live on the property as a tenant. Chang and a co-investory purchase the home.

In 2014, Change stopped paying rent. In November of that year, the man successfully filed an action to have Chang evicted for non-payment of rent. She was evicted and, while out of the country, had movers come to move her furniture and belongings off the property. However, she did not pay them enough to move everything so they left behind numerous boxes of patient records, unsecured. She made no efforts to retrive the files after she’d vacated the premises. Additionally, as described in the Board’s later order, she removed fixtures from the property, including french doors and stained-glass windows. The man discovered that there were partially-buried dogs in the back yard and that the pool water was black because it was full of dog feces.

The Board found that Chang engaged in a financial relationship with the man and that she used financialy information she’d obtained during the husband-wife counseling to exploit him financially.

In addition to the revocation of her license, the Administrative Law Judge that heard the case awarded the Board $22,235 in investigative and prosecutions costs, to be paid by Chang.

Source: Decision and Order In the Matter of the Accusation Against Sookyung Chang, Ph.D., California Board of Psychology, November 20, 2017 and Accusation In the Matter of the Accusation Against Sookyung Chang, Ph.D., California Board of Psychology, December 13, 2016.

April 3, 2018

To Residents of Southeast Kentucky

Re: Cumberland River Comprehensive Care/Cumberland River Behavioral Health

Do you or did you go to public school in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle or Whitley county?

As a student, did you receive counseling or other services from a mental health counselor at your school and/or outside of school?

Were you pressured to be involved in these services?

Did you disagree with having to participate in these services?

Did you disagree with your diagnosis?

Do you feel that your education, health, reputation, or quality of life has been affected by having had to receive these mental health services?

If so, and you’d like to discuss what happened and what you might be able to do about it, we recommend that you contact Steve Wagner at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights at swagner@cchr.org

 

 

March 8, 2018

Did You Work at Covington Behavioral Health in Covington, LA?

Filed under: Acadia Healthcare — Psych Crime Reporter @ 12:35 pm
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Are you a current or former employee of Acadia Healthcare’s Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in Covington, Louisiana?

During your time there, did you witness any of the following:

  • Patient abuse
  • Use of chemical restraint
  • Billing irregularies
  • Fraud
  • Use of non-medical personnel to make admissions or medical or diagnostic decisions?
  • Any other questionable or illegal events or conduct

You can make a confidential report about it to Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). If you want to take action, CCHR may be able to assist you.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a mental health watchdog established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric abuses of human rights and crime and fraud in the field of mental health.

Ever Worked at a Universal Health Services Behavioral Facility in Illinois?

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Have you ever been employed at any of the following Universal Health Services (UHS) psychiatric facilities in Illinois:

  • Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center in Springfield
  • The Pavilion Behavioral Health System in Champaign
  • Innovations Academy in Streamwood
  • Riverdge Hospital in Forest Park
  • Hartgrove Hospital in Chicago
  • Garfield Park Hospital in Chicago
  • Chicago Children’s Center in Chicago

Did you witness or do you have knowledge of patient abuses, safety issues, fraud or other crimes or dangerous situations at any of these hospitals?

You can make a confidential report about it to Citizens Commission on Human Rights. If you want to take action, they may be able to assist you.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a mental health watchdog established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric abuses of human rights and crime and fraud in the field of mental health.

February 21, 2018

Dr. Ravinder Goswami

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 2:35 pm

Was Ravinder Goswami ever your psychiatrist?

GoswamiDuring your treatment with Dr. Goswami, did anything occur that you were not comfortable with?

If you would like to discuss your experience with someone who understands, and find out what might be done about it, please make a report to Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

Your report will be kept in complete confidence.

CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatrist violations of human rights.

February 6, 2018

Timothy Brewerton, M.D. of Medical University of South Carolina

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 4:45 pm

Was Timothy Brewerton your psychiatrist–or is he now? Brewerton, old photo

During your sessions with Dr. Brewerton, did anything happen that you feel is/was not right?

If you would like to discuss it with someone who understands, Brewerton ptand can tell you what might be done about it, please make a report to Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) here.

Your report will be kept in complete confidence.

CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatrist violations of human rights.

http://www.cchrint.org

 

September 22, 2017

Did you get electroshock treatment at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 4:07 pm

Did you receive electroshock treatments Unity Point Methodist Hospital?

Did you experience bad results such as persistent impaired memory?

Has it affected your ability to work and earn a living?

Was your treatment supervised by any of the following individuals:

  • Matthew Preston, M.D.
  • Peter Alahi, M.D.
  • Andrew Lancia, M.D.

If you answered “yes” to these questions, Citizens Commission on Human Rights would like to hear from you. We may be able to assist you to file complaints and take action against this abusive practice.

Please contact reportabuse@cchr.org

July 28, 2014

St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver) attempts to play down stabbings committed by their of their discharged patients

Filed under: inpatient treatment,involuntary commitment,psychiatric hospital or facility — Psych Crime Reporter @ 9:26 am

VANCOUVER — St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver is defending its record for treating psychiatric cases, even though three recently discharged patients have been arrested for violent crimes in the last year.

The downtown hospital released recommendations Thursday from an internal review that was launched after 35-year-old Nicholas Osuteye of Alberta was charged with three counts of attempted murder for his alleged attacks on women aged 63, 79 and 87 last December. He had seen emergency room doctors at St. Paul’s two days earlier after asking police for help.

The latest review follows a more sweeping, independent report prompted by attempted-murder charges against Mohamed Amer, who allegedly stabbed a 71-year-old man in a café on Feb. 21, 2012. The homeless man, 30 at the time, had been taken to St. Paul’s by police for assessment under the Mental Health Act twice that day, but was released both times.

Then in January of this year, a stabbing spree in a West End apartment building resulted in French national Jerome Bonneric, 33, being charged with 12 counts of assault. Bonneric’s lawyer has said his client suffers from mental health problems and had been to St. Paul’s shortly before the attack.

But Dr. Maria Corral, head of psychiatry at St. Paul’s, said the hospital has far more success stories than tragic ones.

“There are many ways to treat psychiatric illness and mental illness problems,” she said in an interview. “By far the most common and effective is to treat them in the community by outpatient means. We had 4,500 psychiatric patients (through the emergency department last year) … the majority of those patients are managing very well in the community as our neighbours, our friends, our brothers, our mothers.”

She emphasized that hospital staff will hold anyone — even against their will — if they are considered a threat to themselves or others. St. Paul’s has 60 beds in its psychiatric ward and a four-bed secure observation unit in the emergency department.

The hospital serves Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and a larger than average number of people who have mental health problems, drug addiction, low incomes and inadequate housing.

“I want to assure the public that I’m very confident in our treatment team and in the processes we have in place to deliver safe psychiatric care to all the patients who visit St. Paul’s,” Corral insisted.

But Darrell Burnham, executive director of Coast Mental Health, says that St. Paul’s has been trying to cope with a flood of psychiatric patients for years and there aren’t enough places for discharged patients to go.

“I think it’s safe to say their emergency ward is overwhelmed with the number of mental health crises it sees on a daily basis and this has been going on for many years, at least 12. They’re in the unenviable position of deciding who is the most in need today … Every once in a while, despite their best efforts, they’re going to make that call wrong.”

Coast Mental Health is a not-for-profit charity that runs group homes and supported living apartments for about 800 people in Vancouver. While more spaces are being created for mentally ill people to get help from health and support workers outside of hospitals, there still aren’t enough, said Burnham.

“It’s because Vancouver is the end of the road and it’s also because people’s living situations are less supported. There are a lot of folks coming out of SROs (single-room occupancy hotels) and shelters and literally off the street … If you’re discharging someone to a loving family to care for them that’s far better from a hospital point of view rather than discharging them to a shelter or literally to nowhere.”

All of the accused are in custody awaiting trial and no one was killed in any of the incidents.

At least one of the women beaten in December is still in hospital, as is one of the victims from the Jan. 31 stabbings, according to Vancouver police department spokesman, Const. Brian Montague.

Source: Erin Ellis, “St. Paul’s Hospital defends record after three discharged psychiatric patients arrested for violence,” Vancouver Sun, March 1, 2013.

July 25, 2014

E. Texas psychiatrist charged with trafficking Indian women for sex, forced labor

Filed under: human trafficking,psychiatrist,sexual exploitation — Psych Crime Reporter @ 7:37 pm

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas psychiatrist has been arrested and charged in connection with what’s being described as a ‘forced labor conspiracy’ in New York.

Riyaz Mazcuri, was arrested Thursday by the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and booked in the jail on a federal warrant.

According to documents from the federal court in the Southern District of New York, Mazcuri, known as ‘The Doctor,’ was indicted along with three other men accused of organizing a human trafficking organization.

Mazcuri is a psychiatrist who has practiced in Texas for several years in Houston and most recently at a facility in Kilgore.

Federal court documents state the men would hire female dancers in India under the assumption they would perform cultural programs in the United States. Prosecutors allege when they would get to the U.S., the women would be forced to dance in nightclubs in front of men for twelve to fourteen hours per night, seven nights a week. Some of the performers were reportedly engaged in prostitution. The men would reportedly force the women to perform by confiscating their passports and by threatening them with physical violence.

The group reportedly operated in New York and in other locations from 2008 to 2010.

According to jail records, Mazcuri has a Houston address. He was ordered into the custody of the U.S. Marshals until a detention hearing, scheduled for July 29 in Tyler.

Mazcuri’s attorney, listed as Joel Androphy of Houston, was unable to be reached Friday for comment regarding on his client’s arrest.

Source: Cody Lillich, “E. Texas psychiatrist arrested, accused of trafficking Indian women for forced labor, prostitution,” KLTV-7 (www.kltv.com), July 25, 2014. 

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