Psych Crime Reporter

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Psych Crime Reporter engages in the unenviable task of finding and presenting news items about mental health practitioners who have been prosecuted and/or found guilty of a crime or who have had their licenses suspended, revoked or otherwise disciplined for misconduct including drug/prescribing violations, sex with patients, etc.

I could do this 12 hours a day, if I had 12 hours a day to devote to it.

There seems to always be plenty of this kind of news about psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and the like.  This area of the health care industry just seems to be the most criminal, the most immoral and unethical.

If you have a story or a tip or suggestion, please leave it in the “Comments” section.

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  1. Please tell me where you get your information.

    I have wasted 3/4 of an hour on the phone with Medical Board of California today trying to find out why Michael J. Menaster MD & psychiatrist appears repeatedly up and down the active page on google as a practicing psychiatrist.

    According to your article(https://psychcrimereporter.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/california-psychiatrist-michael-j-menaster-placed-on-probation-for-long-history-of-emotional-and-behavioral-problems/) Re Menaster “On September 21, 2009 the California Medical Board revoked psychiatrist Michael J. Menaster’s license.” Etc.

    I am concerned because I was a student at Golden Gate University, grad 2008, where this man taught and he is a very frightening, paranoid individual. Some of us complained & I heard that he was fired in 2008 from his teaching position.

    Much later I saw your October 2009 article informing that Menaster had his license lifted, etc.

    The Medical Board of CA insists they do not have information matching yours AND that Menaster completed his probation several years back & his license has been returned to him to practice medicine in CA & SF.

    Can you please explain this discrepancy? This man Menaster, if it is the same Michael J. Menaster, is an extraordinarily paranoid, delusional, hysterical individual with poor impulse control and frightening temper problems.

    I would deeply appreciate any feedback you can give me about the inconsistency in information about this case. He should be heavily medicated & under constant supervision — not working alone with patients nor should he be left alone to teach classes of young Asian women — about whom he has an obsession.

    I am & was much, much older than the other psychology students at Golden Gate University & I knew something was terribly wrong with this “teacher” but the chair blew me off & refused to acknowledge my complaints and observations.

    Imagine how disturbed I am to read your article of recent charges against him & then to see presenting himself as a psychiatrist & MD on google.

    Thank you,
    Kathy

    Comment by Kathy — June 8, 2010 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

    • Dear Kathy,

      The story that is on Psych Crime Reporter states that the Medical Board revoked his license, however “revocation was stayed and he was placed on three years probation.” Please revisit the entry on Menaster on this blog. It is in the first two lines. I don’ t know why the Board even mentions that it “revoked” one’s license if it then stayed the revocation. It’s symbolic, I suppose (but confusing too).

      In September, the Board issued an Order which confirmed the April 2009 decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which is the stayed revocation and three years probation.

      However, neither the April decision or the September Order are posted on the Board’s website, which is curious.

      I would recommend that if you have knowledge of Menaster’s misconduct, you write a letter of complaint to the Board. The more they have on file against misbehaving/dangerous psychiatrists, the better.

      I hope this helps clarify your confusion on the matter.

      Sincerely,

      PsychCrimeReporter

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — June 8, 2010 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  2. “You think mental healthcare is “the most unethical, criminal or immoral? Your idea of investigative journalism is not very thorough.

    And regarding Menaster — what should the woman complain to the board about? Is she a patient or a student? There is a big difference. If the man’s license was revoked and stayed, there was a reason.

    You need to get your facts straight about directing individuals to write the medical board for reasons which seem to be based on impression rather than fact.

    I suspect this site is financed by the Church of Scientology. It makes too much of an effort to downgrade mental health without balancing facts about treatment. It certainly doesn’t have into account the thousands of pages of testimony that are not in the public domain about these cases.

    It sounds the the writer Kathy, is the one who is paranoid.

    Comment by Angela — July 25, 2010 @ 9:51 am | Reply

    • This is a blog on WordPress, hence is not financed by anyone—it’s free.

      Not everyone who speaks out about crimes and abuse in the mental health industry is related to Scientology. You are trying to divert people off the issue, which is that there is crime and fraud and abuse in the mental health “profession.”

      Here are the facts about mental health: 1) the manufacturers of the drugs don’t, for the most part, know how the drugs work. The entries in the Physicians Desk Reference for antidepressants and antipsychotics show that the makers haven’t identified the “therapeutic mechanism.” 2) Psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. don’t know what causes mental and emotional problems.

      So, they psychiatrists don’t know the cause and the drug makers don’t know how the drugs work. There’s your facts, Angela.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 26, 2010 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  3. A number of your posts are cited from The Citizens Commission on Human Rights which is an advocacy group established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. The group promotes several video campaigns and we believe this site, which support views against psychiatry. The organization holds that mental illness is not a medical disease, and that the use of psychiatric medication is a destructive and fraudulent practice. The CCHR continues to be entirely controlled by and subject to policy directives issued from the Church of Scientology.

    Your posts do not put all the facts into perspectives about the nature of the cases cited.

    We will be setting up a site to counter your site within the next couple of months. Then we can see what investigative journalism is really all about.

    We cannot wait. And we don’t care whether you post this on your site or not.

    Comment by andrew.smith@hotmail.com — September 14, 2010 @ 1:04 am | Reply

    • The source of our (and CCHR’s) content is news stories and state health care licensing board disciplinary actions against mental health practitioners–not anyone’s opinion.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — September 14, 2010 @ 1:32 am | Reply

      • Your site tends to identify cases or accusations but not the end results of these cases — hence many are dropped or stayed. But why should you do that? You serve to denigrate all psychiatrists and while some, like in any profession have committed minor infractions, you fail to put these into perspective regarding the more egregious ones. It is clear your site serves one purpose and one purpose only and that is to instill hate and bias and ruin the lives of many people. Again, I am not saying that there aren’t serious infractions, but perhaps you should put into perspective how Medical Boards really operate, and why they like plea bargains and putting people on probation — and taking all these courses that are offered by individuals that have less experience than the ones they teach.

        Comment by Lawrence Mark — March 10, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

      • Well Lawrence,

        Since you seem to know so much about how licensing boards work, you ought to know that, by and large, they work…slowly. You should also know that once they file an accusation or statement of charges against a licensee, it eventually goes to a final action such as and Order, Stipulated Settlement, etc. I have yet to see a board “drop or stay” a charge once it has been filed. They revoke licenses and the stay the revocation (Medical Board of California seems to favor this) but they don’t withdraw charges.

        Secondly, a review of the first three pages of the blog finds there are 27 cases reported on.
        Of these, 16 are final actions. That’s nearly two-thirds. That hardly qualifies for “tending” to report only on charges or initial actions.

        Lastly, Psych Crime Reporter for the most part merely regurgitates existing news state disciplinary actions and engages in little, if any, editorializing and no “hate mongering.”

        The facts of the cases speak for themselves and hatemongering is for people who don’t have a legitimate argument.

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — March 10, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  4. I know for a fact that this website is linked to the Church of scientology. A letter from the The Citizens Commission on Human Rights which is an advocacy group established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, went to a friend’s employer about a ruling against her. The wording on this webiste is the exact same as that letter. This posting is dated 7 days after that letter. The letter that went to the employer was completely out of context and purely for destructive purposes. As a result, my friend lost her job even though she was not longer working in the mental health field. Yes therapists need to do ethical work but at the same time we do not know all of the circumstances. Should someone’s life be ruined for a mistake(s) they made? And I am not talking about shooting someone or having sex with a client which is the focus of so many of your articles. The Church of scientology is AGAINST mental health treatment. So clearly you seek out people to further add to the issue and target them. That is sick!

    Comment by Timothy — September 19, 2010 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for writing this blog! Getting info out there on this unethical mental health practitioners is so important. Too meny of these so called “professionals” are capable of doing a great deal of harm again and again due to a lack of enforcement by regualtory agencies and boards…it’s good to see some action here!
    I’ll be adding you to my blogroll You can read my blog at http://wisdomovertime.wordpress.com/

    Comment by wisdomovertime — November 25, 2010 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • Dear Wisdomovertime,

      Glad to be of service.

      Psych Crime Reporter

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — November 26, 2010 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  6. What does it matter if this web site is associated to Scientology [Psych Crime Reporter: Or not?]! It is exposing atrocities that would otherwise not be reported by the syndicated press which are only comparable to the Nazi Nuremburg trials. The psychiatric industry is structured behind a veil of secrecy and legal privacy statutes that allow it immunity from investigation far greater than attorney-client-privilege, HIPPA privacy laws, or national security secrecy laws.

    The practice of psychopharmacological psychiatry using neurotoxic substances below their known toxic threshold is a very dangerous and patients are easily susceptible to neurological iatrogenic injuries. The structure of secrecy between the doctor-patient-privilege allows these psychiatrists to easily hide neurological iatrogenic injuries from being exposed to proper authorities. A psychiatrist has the power to deem his patient who obtained neurological iatrogenic injuries as mentally incompetent to stand trial against him. The psychiatrist has the ability to prescribe an alternate medication to incapacitate a patient with neuroligical iatrogenic injures in an effort to prevent medical malpractice lawsuit. Isn’t this an abuse of power that should be closely monitored? Our legal system has no regulations to monitor this abuse of power nor does the syndicated media and it seems to be suspiciously heavily supported.

    A psychiatrist has close ties to police departments in efforts to profile criminals, evaluate suspects mental capacities, interrogate suspects, treat officers exposed trauma while on duty, treat officers exposed to corruption while on duty, and so forth. A psychiatrist has close ties to prosecuting attorneys who use every resource possible to convict criminals who are likely injured by either the neurotoxic effects of illicit or psychopharmaceutical drugs. A psychiatrist has close ties with judges who try civil and criminal cases of defendants with iatrogenic neurological injuries by requesting subjective expert witness opinions of their mental capacity. Judges are also closely tied to psychiatrists by seeking treatment for the toxic emotions created by being torn by the difficult decisions they are compelled to perform daily. In other words, psychiatrists have a Ph.D. in utilizing the words of suggestion to influence the outcome of legal proceedings, legal precedents, and the new laws that we are all obligated to abide by. Their integrity is never questioned.

    A psychiatrist has close ties with physical practicing doctors by treating the guilt and remorse caused by iatrogenic injuries that they inflicted on patients. A psychiatrist has close ties with psychopharmaceutical companies who peddle their neurotoxic medications to unsuspecting psychiatrists. All while the FDA closes their eyes to the millions of individuals inflicted by iatrogenic neurological injuries caused by these medications. Many patients are left without the mental capacity to recognize that they have been injured in the first place.

    A psychiatrist performs experimentation on the susceptible individuals who are already over exposed to environmental toxins, toxic personal relations, or toxic personal events that drive an individual to seek assistance to overcome these toxins. A psychiatrist only adds more neurotoxins to mask the symptoms of original toxins. There is no effort to find and eradicate the source of the original toxic exposure, but only to treat the symptoms.

    This is why I support CCHR 100% in their effort to seek out and expose the criminal aspects of psychiatry. I is not a Scientology thing, it’s a moral integrity thing. It is a criminal and social problem that needs corrected now for the safety of all future generations to come.

    Comment by Roy — January 6, 2011 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

    • Some people will attempt to distract others from this actual, vital and urgent issue (“the moral integrity thing,” as you state) by screaming “Scientology!” Thanks for making it clear that religion has nothing to do with it. The exposure of the truth about psychiatry and the pharma industry is being carried out by plenty of people–Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 6, 2011 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  7. Hear hear Psych Crime Reporter!!! In Sept last year a friend of mine received a phone call from out of the blue from a guy she had never met. This guy told her that he was very concerned about her mental health and had a “list of her bziarre behaviour.” My friend, Lyn, was in the car with her niece when she took this call on her mobile phone so a witness was present. The guy on the phone wanted to “assess her mental health” and tried to arrange an appointment with Lyn, who by this time just thought it was a bogus call. To cut a long story short, it turns out that this guy had received a call from Lyn’s estranged daughter. He never met with her and didn’t know her but took a phone call. Lyn hadn’t spoken to her in 2 years. Lyn also has no history of any mental health issues. She verified this with her local health authority. There was nothing in her medical records that warranted any such attention from mental health services. From that one phone call the wheels were set in motion on the part of mental health services which culminated in 3 policemen, 2 psychiatrists and a social worker turning up at Lyn’s house at 9.40pm totally unannounced with a COURT ORDER to gain entry! Needless to say Lyn was terrified as the only possible outcome of such a scenario is forced treatment and her possibly being sectioned! [PCR: as it is called in the UK; in the U.S. it’s called involuntary commitment] FROM A PHONE CALL FROM HER ESTRANGED DAUGHTER! I found this unbelievable and totally unaceptable that mental health services even THINK they have a right to do such a thing let alone the valid legality of such actions. Luckily for Lyn, the social worker recognised her from her school days and apparently they cannot treat or be involved with anyone they have prior knowledge of (or some such thing) so the action was called off. Lyn was told to be in the next evening and to be ready for their return. It was only through her contact with CCHR [Citizens Commission on Human Rights] that the whole thing was called off. They backed off once CCHR got onto it and I can’t thank them enough and neither could Lyn.

    Comment by nitrochic — January 7, 2011 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  8. We are going to get you for libel. Hire a lawyer quick.

    Comment by Iam Anidiot — February 23, 2011 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

    • Well, what can I say? Your on-screen name says it all.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — February 24, 2011 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  9. Thanks for doing this. They can’t stand the light of truth 🙂

    Comment by Andria — April 14, 2011 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  10. You say you would do this 12 hours a day; you enjoy ruining lives? Let me get your real name and then we can find out about you. I am not in the medical field. Nor do I care one way or the other about your posts. Give everyone your info and let us find the skeletons in your closet. You are in San Antonio, why are you hiding? Most likely you are a pedophile and afraid of your own shadow. So, do you have the bateem to give your true identity? I doubt it. Let us see how you answer this. Most likely with some epithet directed at me which will prove my post true or you will not approve my post at all.

    Comment by brad horowitz — June 30, 2011 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

    • Psych Crime Reporter readers,

      Meet Brad Horowitz. Maybe it’s just be but, he seems a bit disgruntled, doesn’t he?

      Brad, nothing is posted on this blog that hasn’t been published elsewhere first–like on state health care licensing board websites and online news sites.

      So if you really think you have a valid point, take it to the source of the information and spare me your mild (and empty) threats.

      Sincerely,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — June 30, 2011 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

      • Well! Hell hath no fury like a……a…….an idiot scorned LOL!!! You know it takes guts to confront truth. There are tomes of evidence that psychiatry is a bogus junk science peddling dangerous drugs. What about the story of 10 year old Harry Hucknall, on prozac and ritalin, who hung himself with his belt from his bunk bed. (This young boy was related to singer Mick Hucknall of Simply Red.)
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2002856/Harry-Hucknall-10-killed-taking-Ritalin.html

        Is this a made up story? I don’t think so! Are the parents faking their grief? I don’t think so! Will Tomothy, Andrew Smith, Iam Anidiot, Kathy, Lawrence Mark and the lovely Brad be doing ANYTHING about it? Mmmmmm….. let me guess…..I DON’T F*%*&£G THINK SO!

        Comment by nitrochic — July 1, 2011 @ 2:10 am

      • Always great to have your input, nitrochic.

        (I wonder what Mick’s feelings are about it…)

        Sue

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 1, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  11. Any time! I’ve got your back Sue!

    Comment by nitrochic — July 11, 2011 @ 1:48 am | Reply

  12. Hello,

    I would like to contact the webmaster of the blog. If you could please email me at the below email I would greatly appreciate it. I appreciate the work you are doing and urgently need to speak to you. This is not a solicitation of any kind and I will respect any privacy issues as well.

    Warm regards

    Comment by David — July 25, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

    • Please e-mail me your inquiry via this blog, thanks.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 28, 2011 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

      • I have a long story about our experiences with a universal health sevices hospital – summit ridge in Lawrenceville, ga.
        don’t know how to post it here, though

        Comment by carolyn — November 20, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      • I recommend you write out in an e-mail to Steve Wagner at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. He’s been fielding complaints and reports from people about UHS for some time now. His e-mail is swagner@cchr.org\

        Sue

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — November 21, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

  13. Man dies at old vineyards new pstch unit 3 days after it opened. I hear from several people they knew this suicide was coming. uHS will clean this up too.

    Comment by old vineyard — September 5, 2011 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  14. Hello Psych Crime Reporter!

    Great site you have here. I just wanted to reply to something Angela said and although it was over a year ago, I still feel like it’s worth mentioning. She said “I suspect this site is financed by the Church of Scientology. It makes too much of an effort to downgrade mental health without balancing facts about treatment.”

    I am a Scientologist. Whether this site is run by a Scientologist, I do not know nor do I care but I have to tell you that it’s starting to piss me off that whenever an individual (or group for that matter) sheds any light of truth on the current state of our mental health system(s) or any of the doctors in it, some people scream “Scientology”. This begs the question “why”?

    After witnessing this time after time and having mulled it over for a little while, the only logical answer for me is that you Angela (and people like you) must agree with putting 5 year old children on extremely toxic cocktails of antipsychotic drugs – drugs that in previous years were used to keep schizophenic inmates quiet (also prescribed off-label I might add). That it’s okay to drug our elderly willy-nilly in nursing homes. That ect (electroconvulsive therapy) is good for the soul. That lobotomies cure mental illness – although they’ve stopped using the ice pick thank god.

    You think Scientologists (and I speak for myself here) are “making too much of an effort to downgrade mental health”? As an individual who happens to be a Scientologist, I actually feel I’m not doing enough to apprise people of the possible dangers associated with the current “treatment” used today – and I do a lot. I am not against mental health treatment Angela, I am outraged at what passes for treatment (re-read 3rd paragraph).

    Would love to hear your views about the “balanced facts about treatment”. Have you seen all the Blogs/Websites popping up all over the Net regarding (not my words) ‘psychiatric survival’? Read any personal horror stories regarding the debilitating effects and after effects of SSRI’s (the number one treatment for depression these days) lately? Sat in front of a mother whose children have been taken away and put on psychtropic medication by the “authorities” (Children’s Aid Society)? Gut wrenching Angela. Heard about any parents who’ve lost their children after putting them on these ‘treatments’ recently? Yeah – splain that one to me Angela, maybe there’s something I don’t get eh?

    No, not everyone who’s raging against the machine is a Scientologist. Just a decent bunch of people with that rare ability to distinguish.

    To Andrew – who’s “we”?

    Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. – S. Szasz – Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center (not a Scientologist)

    Comment by Lori Farquhar-Bryenton — September 28, 2011 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lori,

      If you look elsewhere on the site, I openly declare that I accept the “Scientologist!” accusation as a compliment. Why? Because I see that the Scientologists are out there putting out the truth about psychiatry and other societal ills. I know Scientologists personally, which is something I will bet none of these “accusers” can claim.

      But the bottom line is that if these “accusers” really had a valid argument, they would pitch it. They don’t. The best they can do is scream “Scientologist,” which is, as I said, a compliment around here.

      There are so many people and groups who are carrying the message about the truth about psychiatry–too many to mention here. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Best,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — October 7, 2011 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  15. I may Have a lawsuit, I was heald against my own will and at work the day before. I have two complaints with the attorney general and no help please respond with a lawyer. email then I’ll call you. sgarden55@gmail.com. sally from Penna

    Comment by sally — January 22, 2012 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  16. I may have a lawsuit, can any one help me find a lawyer. I worked the day before, and was held 12 days. I have 2 claims to the attorney generals, office. Please respond, life has not been the same since.

    Comment by sally — January 22, 2012 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  17. News out of Dover, Delaware: Psychologist Recently Suspended for Sexual Misconduct had landed teaching certificate and teaching job while under investigation:

    News Article:

    http://www.doverpost.com/topstories/x503114545/Special-Report-Suspended-psychologist-teaching-at-Campus-Community-High-School

    Legal Documents:

    https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/PublicDocuments/35-Asay-Janet-Consent-2012.pdf

    Comment by Mark — March 14, 2012 @ 10:26 am | Reply

    • Oh, nice. I missed that one.

      Thanks,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — March 15, 2012 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  18. I feel I am under arrack by the local court system in my divorce.
    It is amazing the energy that seems to have been unleashed.
    Anyone heard of corruption in the Frederick county courts?
    It appears to be attorney and therapist driven.

    Comment by e seagraves — March 29, 2012 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  19. Hoping someone can recommend appropriate action to resolve a psychologist’s biased and fraudulent social study evaluation.

    My ex wife has a history of drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence. She has abused, neglected, and endangered our young children. Upon learning that she was repeatedly driving the children while high to obtain and distribute prescription medications (and admitted doing so on recorded audio), and after an unsuccessful atempt at intervention, I filed Pro Se for Divorce with restraining order. Then, unfortunately I retained an incompetent attorney.

    The Court ordered a Social Study. Her attorney nominated his psychologist friend of 30 years, with no objection from my attorney.

    The psychologist violated multiple sections of the Texas Family Code pertaining to a Social Study and failed to comply with APA standards. Despite overwhelming and incontoverible evidence, he concealed her drug addiction and related issues. He made many false and misleading statements of material fact in his report to the Court, and in his sworn Oral Deposition, and in his trial testimony. He knowingly recommended to the Court that primary posession be awarded to an abusive, negligent, endangering, drug addict mother.My attorney was unprepared at Trial, failed to aggressively examine him, and presented none of the damning evidence that I spent hundreds of hours compiling.

    Since Trial, my EX has continued to abuse prescription medications and endanger the children. I have had to personally rush her to the ER multiple times. In speaking with several Family Law attorneys, it has become apparent that this psychologist has quite a sleezy reputation for abandoning his duty of objectivity in favor of influential business relationships. Unfortunately, the “best interest of the children” is compromised in favor of “the best interest of the PHD”

    What can I do to expose this guy and hold him accountable? I have loads of evidence!

    Comment by Mike Waters — April 22, 2012 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

    • Hi Mike,

      I forwarded your message to someone I know who might be able to assist you.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — May 2, 2012 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  20. Hi, thank you for putting together this blog. I’ve uncovered a network of politically motivated NIH researchers using Public Health networks and DoJ community outreach to profile and target non-conformists with years harassment. Their primary goal is to thwart immigration reform. However they are hiding this by labeling people ‘hostile’ and the subjecting them with years of insidious racial testing that is not intended to determine bias but to bait and provoke a reaction that can be used to discredit and incriminate. Please check out my blog where I posted. It is all but impossible to report these issues to police or the news media. If you know anyone who would be interested in this issue please point me to them.

    Comment by keepingsweets — April 30, 2012 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  21. This website is obviously controlled and managed by either someone from the Church of Scientology or someone who sympathizes with their perspective. CCHR is a front for the Church of Scientology.

    It is true there are some mental health professionals who are not ethical.

    It is also true that there are many people who are helped by psychologists and psychiatry.

    This site publishes information out of context just to promote the CoS point of view.

    The fact is, Hubbard stole the ideas of Alfred Korzybski and that many of the ideas in the Dianetics books are just inaccurate descriptions of how the mind and emotions work.

    I know for a fact that the CosS engages in violence and harassment campaigns to quiet its detractors.

    Comment by Alfred DeWolf — May 2, 2012 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

    • Yes, obviously Psych Crime Reporter is controlled and managed by Scientology or a Scientologist.

      Obviously!

      Because everyone knows that only Scientologists are against the harm that psychiatry and the mental health establishment can and do inflict upon patients. And I guess every single person who has posted a comment in support of a story on this blog is a Scientologist, too.

      What is truly obvious is that you don’t have a really valid argument. As if your shouting and pointing “Scientologist” would somehow render the stories on this blog (and many, many others elsewhere) somehow untrue or invalid.

      I really hate to stoop to name calling, but you are a pathetic dumbass with an IQ in the double digits.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — May 2, 2012 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  22. Interesting site. I do work in mental health, and I’m currently training to be a therapist. I have no problem with medication, with careful monitoring of physical health and listening to the input of the individual served. I think there is a genetic component to some psychiatric issues. Generally psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists I’ve come across are OK folks.

    In our training programs, ethics is beaten over our heads repeatedly. You are a mandated reporter. You do not have sex with your clients. You do not cause physical or emotional harm to your clients. You need to receive support from a supervisor. You need to do things to prevent burn out. If you can’t do your job, go do something else like being an accountant.

    Yet, many professionals do not follow these guidelines. They begin to dehumanize the people who come to them for help. The idea of “compassion fatigue” comes up in mental health – there are journal articles and conference topics on it. But to quote a professor of mine, “I don’t believe in compassion fatigue. I think people who experience what is being described didn’t have compassion to begin with.” She has worked in the field for decades.

    There are so-called treatments that are not evidenced-based, such as seclusion and restraint. There have been investigations that have indicated seclusion and restraint causes severe emotional trauma and increases the likelihood of injury to staff and the individual in their care. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has published guidelines on talking to people and addressing their pain in a humane manner, and making seclusion and restraints a rarity (I don’t believe in them at all, but this is a start). The PDF on their website has a suggested workshop, which includes research articles on death incidents. One of my trainings (I’ve worked as a peer support specialist) was facilitated by an individual who worked for a recovery-oriented organization with a large staff identifying as peers. They have an inpatient program which does not allow seclusion and restraint – they even require police who escort people to the center to remove handcuffs as soon as as they walk in the door. Violence is not a problem there.

    Several founders of psychological theories, such as person-centered, humanistic, existential, brief-solutions focused, and acceptance and commitment therapy, do not pathologize people. Even many theories which consider some behavior to be pathological require compassion and validation. And yet, many professionals do not adhere to the idealism of these founders, who had/have considerably more experience as providers of therapy. There is a push from the federal government to promote the idea that everyone can improve their lives – but state laws do not necessarily reflect this. Worse, violations of the law frequently result in a wrist slap. If we were talking about cancer patients, the public would be outraged.

    I have irritated and at times angered some people because of my views. I speak out against dehumanizing, safety issues, practices with no evidence to back up efficacy, using state hospitals and intensive outpatient programs as punishment for crimes, and the cruelty we professionals even have for each other when we are in need of support. There have been many suicides in my family, substance use, and my parents have experienced challenges that cannot be explained by much other than nature. I have inherited some of these tendencies, and naturally some tendencies were the result of my upbringing. My parents haven’t decided to work on recovery in some aspects of their lives. I believe it is their choice, and I respect it. When others in my family as well as my friends express frustration and ask me what to do to help the people in their lives, I simply say to provide warmth, support, a friendly ear, space when needed, a casserole when someone’s having a rough time, and remember that many of us want the same things in time of distress.

    Brevity is a skill I need to work on.

    I look forward to further entries. It is my hope that as more of these stories come out, law makers will have little choice but to change mental health codes. I hope to see that during my career.

    Comment by Elizabeth — May 25, 2012 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  23. Love your site! Thanks for helping.

    Comment by Laraine Shape — June 29, 2012 @ 5:11 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Laraine!

      I like the things you post on the CCHR Int site. I’ve seen your comments on there.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 3, 2012 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  24. I think you probably are a very lonely person. And you were probably wronged at one time or another by some professional person. I know you think you’re actions are righteous and justified. I just fail to see why in the world you would work so hard on a site like this when most of the really horrible doctors/counselors/psychiatrists, etc go undetected. You think you’re sweeping up the scum of the professionals and throwing them in the trash, and that further public humiliation will somehow make someone somewhere feel better? It must be terrible to live in your negative world. I’m terribly sorry for whatever has happened in your life that has made you so bitter to want to even post a site like this.

    Comment by Delta — July 26, 2012 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the laughs, sweetheart.

      It is evident to all but the utterly witless what this blog is doing, as per the declaration on the “About” page.

      My only question is what area of the mental health/psychiatric industry do you work in and what are you trying to hide?

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 7, 2012 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  25. Sue … I appreciate and value your work. It is personalized. You reported a story that was about my child and the only reason I know is because someone else was researching counselors and stumbled upon this and knew it was about my family. If my friend found your reports that will help him in his decisions to choose a healthy counselor for his family, then other people will as well. If counselors stayed true to their ethical code you probably would not have anything to share. The public has a right to know when a professional has broken his ethical code numerous times with numerous families. Thank you Sue.

    Comment by J.J. — September 4, 2012 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

    • Dear J.J.,

      You are most welcome. I am always glad to know that someone finds this information useful–and you are right: the public does have a right to know. The health care licensing boards (which are the source of much of what I post) don’t really go out of their way to make it broadly known. So we do.

      Regards,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — September 11, 2012 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  26. ABUSE LAKESIDE BEHAVIORAL CENTER, MEMPHIS TN
    On 6/30/12, Lakeside psychiatrist Dr. Jason Fu confined me against my will for 3 days despite the fact that:
    1 I was picked up and transported by police on orders from psychiatrist Dr. Anne Utley who doesn’t know me or my husband but reported me as psychotic and suicidal to police as a favor to her sister who is a friend of my estranged husband after a domestic dispute and who admitted this to Lakeside social worker Jenna Parsons in a phone call and documented by her in my medical record;
    2 I was never examined by a physician or any other health care professional prior to pickup;
    3 There was no Certificate of Need signed by a physician as required by the law in TN;
    4 Dr. Fu and 3 other healthcare professionals documented on Day 1 that I was NOT psychotic or suicidal.

    In addition, Dr. Fu assigned a false diagnosis of marijuana abuse even though I do not smoke marijuana. A Lakeside urine drug screen reported positive for cannabis on June 30 despite a urine drug screen done June 29 at Methodist Hospital that reported negative for cannabis. I have the complete medical records to support all of these allegations.

    On Day 3 Dr. Fu stated that he intended to keep me confined for another 5-7 days but hospital administration reversed this decision and I was allowed to leave AMA within two hours when I notified administration that the situation would be brought to the attention of my senator, my congressman and Medicare Fraud and Abuse.

    I am a 62 year old retired registered nurse so I know a thing or two about the healthcare system. It was obvious to me that Dr. Fu was not acting in my best interest but intended to keep me confined as long as possible to run up a big insurance bill. During my forced confinement, no therapy was received unless you consider 38 women herded together in a big room with color crayons and coloring books for 12 hours a day to be therapy.

    I have never had a psychiatric diagnosis and it is beyond comprehension that the unethical actions of these healthcare professionals Dr. Utley and Dr. Fu could land me in a mental institution and keep me there for 3 days in order to do a favor for a sister and to run up a big insurance bill.

    • Allegations of abuse have been registered with the TN Department of Health Board for Licensing Healthcare Professionals against the healthcare professionals who participated in the violation of my civil rights during this fiasco.
    • This allegation of abuse has been registered with the TN Department of Health Board for Licensing Healthcare Facilities against Lakeside Behavioral Center. However, unlike the Board for Licensing Healthcare Professionals, the Board for Licensing Facilities refuses to report to me the outcome of any investigation.
    • Allegation of Medicare Fraud and Abuse against Lakeside Behavioral Center for billing Medicare $4170 for services that were not medically necessary has been registered with the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Lakeside is now trying to collect the $1156 balance from me.

    I cannot find an attorney to represent me in a lawsuit against Dr Utley or Lakeside Behavioral Center. Any advice would be appreciated. Abused in Memphis

    Comment by Marjorie McHann — September 16, 2012 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  27. I can’t find an entry that on Jorge M. Rodriguez, Ph.D. that is supposedly in your 7/19/2011 edition. The source came up on a Google search but no mention of Dr. Rodriguez is found on the link. It regards four counts of tax evasion with the IRS and I would like to read the entry. Please help!

    Comment by Ginny Cruz — September 20, 2012 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  28. Sue, is there anyway I can leave you a private message? Thank you.

    Comment by anon — October 22, 2012 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  29. There appear to be extremely few reports involving SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. There is not even a category aside from CRIME. There is ample evidence that they are harmful, especially when used longterm. Cardiometabolic problems (diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, adrenal damage…). Also, the WITHDRAWAL is extremely dangerous with mania and psychosis emerging in many people, even.when done “cautiously”. Most people who have withdrawn from opiates and SS/NRIs say that the SS/NRIs are MUCH harder to discontinue than the highly controlled, supposedly addictive opiates/narcotics and amphetamine. Additionally, SS/NRIs are often USED in detox facilities to treat depression and pain, creating a worse dependence (on drug and on pHARMa).

    I realize you are reporting existing crimes, but felt compelled to comment.

    Also, what monitoring guidelines are used in cases claiming that lab values were not documented (weight, lipids, blood sugar, blood levels, etc). I know of very few psychiatrists or PCPs who do any pr-treatment screening or informed consent.

    Thanks.

    Comment by Barbara — December 5, 2012 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

    • Hi Barbara,

      You are correct. This site reports crimes, misconduct and investigations of mental health practitioners. That’s all we do and it keeps us busy. SSRIs and SNRIs and their inherent harm is an important issue and there are other organizations and blogs that deal with pharma and drugs, etc.

      Our focus is narrow but I appreciate your input.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — December 5, 2012 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  30. Dear Sue,

    I love this site and think you are doing the world a real service.

    I am curious what, in particular, motivated you to create this site and spend, presumably, a great deal of time contributing to it. Did you or someone close to you have a particularly bad experience with a mental health professional? Or something else?

    Forgive me if it sounds like I’m psychoanalyzing you here—I’m not—I’m just very curious about your backstory. I know you are a concerned citizen, which I appreciate; I’m just curious what in particular led you to *become* such a concerned citizen.

    Thanks again for your site,

    John

    Comment by John Doe — December 6, 2012 @ 9:56 am | Reply

    • Hi John,

      I have had my own experience and have observed the experiences of others. This blog is not very time consuming at all. Very little of the content is original. I mostly re-post news that has run elsewhere on the Web. I just help make it more widely known.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 3, 2013 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

      • Sue, thanks for sharing about your experience with this site. I appreciate your sharing, as well as your site.

        On another note, I have a favor to ask: Could you please remove the comment that I posted at https://psychcrimereporter.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/california-psychologist-barton-rubin-placed-on-license-probation-for-five-years/#comment-10050, which I regretably posted before thinking through all of the implications of doing so? I’d remove it myself, but I don’t see a way to do so. Thanks.

        Comment by John Doe — May 25, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

      • Hi Sue,

        Did you see the comment I left for you, on May 25, just above this comment? I didn’t see a response, and the comment I asked you to remove is still there, so I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it. Thanks.

        John

        Comment by John Doe — June 13, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  31. I had something tragic happen to me when I was 6, the person who did this to me was a juvenile and it did go to court- I no longer remember his name, do you know if there is any way for me to look up this information? It happened in Santa Cruz, CA? Thank you!

    Comment by lillymelin — January 20, 2013 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lily,

      You say it went to court, so there’s probably still a record. Because it involved two juveniles, it is likely that the court record is sealed from public access but since you were the plaintiff or victim (you don’t say if it was a civil matter or a criminal matter), I would think you would be able to access the record. You should contact the court in Santa Cruz County and see if you can access the record.

      Sincerely,
      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 25, 2013 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  32. i need information regarding rivendelle mental health of arkansas located in benton arkansas. also pinacle point and ‘the point’ both located in arkansas. my children have been placed there a total of 4 times by their mother. i finally through a court order was able to get my sons records. full of holes. if their record keeping is an example of what i received, i am scared. there are kids there that have been there for 5 months for skipping school. judges here just send them there as a first step. its scary. and i can not find one report on the web about reviews of this place that amounts to anything. i have been told of deaths and so on by people that have stayed there, but not a peep on the web. need some help people!!! thanks

    Comment by nathan — March 24, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • Hi Nathan,

      As a citizen, you can contact the police departments in Benton and cities where those other facilities are located. Ask for the crime statistics department (it’s usually called something like that) and request a copy of the “Calls for services” reports for the last few years for the address of each facility. “Calls for service” is when someone calls the police. The report gives the data, reason for the call, location and, sometimes, results of the call. It’s not a “review” but it gives you an idea of what kinds of situations are being reported.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — March 26, 2013 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  33. Why can’t I find why my old Dr. Abdul Durrani. Was arrested at his office. I’ve applied for SSI and think I’m getting denied due to him being my Doctor.

    Comment by Amber — July 11, 2013 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

    • https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi This is license info on Dr. Durrani.

      On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Psych Crime Reporter wrote:

      > ** > Amber commented: “Why can’t I find why my old Dr. Abdul Durrani. Was > arrested at his office. I’ve applied for SSI and think I’m getting denied > due to him being my Doctor.” >

      Comment by evelynnelee drinker — July 11, 2013 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  34. I recently found out that my alcoholic father’s psychiatrist has been prescribing him controlled substances like Ritalin and Xanax and strangely hasn’t billed my father’s insurance for his appointments for years. My father doesn’t drink alcohol anymore, but now he is now severely depressed, sleeps all day and night (despite the Ritalin), gets anxiety attacks, and refuses to listen to other psychiatrists or his primary doctor. My mother, sister and I are at our wit’s end! I come to you because you have reported on this psychiatrist before for losing his license in Maryland (he now works in Delaware and cannot see female patients). BTW, I really appreciate your blog — you’re doing a terrific job! 😉

    Comment by Helpless Daughter — August 8, 2013 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your acknowledgement regarding the blog.

      The psychiatrist sounds like Greg Villabona.

      Is it possible you can get your father to a doctor who will get him off the drugs and find out what’s at the root of his troubles? If a person was an alcoholic but no longer drinks, who knows what sort of physical damage they’ve done that’s having an influence on their mental well being? There are doctors listed on the site http://www.alternativementalhealth.com who can take a non-drug approach. But he has to be willing, of course.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 13, 2013 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  35. I’m finding that comments written to defend an individual are immediately removed from the postings. Does this mean that this website only encourages one way free speech?

    Comment by D. V. — August 12, 2013 @ 10:24 am | Reply

    • This is a news site, not a public forum. I don’t care about your defense. Take it up with the court or the state licensing authority.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 13, 2013 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

      • You are awesome, Sue.

        Comment by anon — December 2, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      • Even news sites still allow comments to remain. Some of the “news” you report is inaccurate; through no fault of your own. The comments stating the truth are to help the news process. I appreciate the vigilance and dedication you have to this monumental task and I believe you can still allow all comments to appear without censoring them.
        Sincerely,
        Jean

        Comment by Jean DA — January 30, 2014 @ 7:48 am

  36. IDear psychhcrimereporter, You are reporting that I was put on probation by the medical board, but you have neglected to mention that the probation has been terminated as of February, 2013. I feel it is unfair of you to misrepresent me in this way and urge you to either withdraw the report completely or amend it with the current information. My reputation is at stake here! Please feel free to contact me if you need verification of this fact at 415-497-8476 or patriciajstamm@me.com. I would appreciate your attention in this matter, Patricia Stamm, M.D.

    Comment by Patricia Stamm — August 29, 2013 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

    • Dear Dr. Stamm,

      This blog only contains one story about you that I was able to identify and it regards the Accusation the state board made against you. I do not find a posting on this blog about any resultant disciplinary action against you.

      Sincerely,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — September 3, 2013 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  37. Thank you I understand
    It was way too long. This blog
    Really is wonderful I will spread
    The word to other professionals.
    I do agree that the medical profession
    Is so blatantly corrupt in all areas,
    That there must be eyes watching
    All the time, From being involved
    With someone who wasn’t walking
    A clear and instinct path my eyes
    We’re opened in ways that I didn’t even know existed, Because of all the problems around the Doc’s patients and the doctors that were in the transition.Some of them should of had
    Disciplinary actions taken on them for what they did. I wish I knew of this blog sooner, After thought.

    Comment by Trish — November 16, 2013 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  38. Sue…it has been more than a year since my friend stumbled upon a posting you wrote about my beloved child. I am a private person, but i feel compelled to reach out to you. If it doesn’t go against your own rules, I would love to connect with you privately. If not, I still find comfort that spoke up on behalf of my child.

    Comment by JJ — November 29, 2013 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

    • Hi JJ,

      You’re welcome and no, that does not go against my rules.

      (The only rule I have around here is that I don’t give “equal time” to pro-psychiatry opinions, as there’s plenty of that elsewhere.)

      Could you tell me which posting you’re referring to?

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — December 2, 2013 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  39. How do I find what the federal and Indiana state laws say about penalties for psychiatrists who have sex with patients?

    Comment by anon — January 6, 2014 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  40. Sue, is there a way for me to email you?

    Comment by anon — January 23, 2014 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  41. I’m from Washington state. I’ve got a question having a hard time getting a straight answer. Therapists a and therapist b

    Therapists a provides service to victims of sexual abuse.

    Therapists b provides service to the Perl or accused of committing crimes.

    Now is it ethical or professional for therapist a to also provide treatment after perp is found guilt. Having control of both victim and perpetrator reporting to the courts?

    Telling the perpetrator he has to write a letter to a victim and then telling the court on the victims side if he does write one she will require more therapy.

    Therapist a didn’t disclose her position at therapist b office. Therapist b is on probation already and listed on this site.

    Therapist b provided therapist a sealed documents. Therapist a client used sealed document in court.

    Therapist a : Deborah Darnell — Olympia therapy

    Therapist b : Sue whitman batson — Sue batson and associates.

    Sue batson is still on probation. I know a lawyer can’t be on both sides but can a therapist?

    Comment by truth seeker — March 2, 2014 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  42. I cannot believe whoever is responsible for this blog does not identify him/herself! Only a coward would create such a blog and not take responsibility for his or her actions! Information is important and powerful; however, misinformation or partial information can be just as powerful and destructive. I dare you to identify yourself if you are so confident of what you post on your blog.

    Comment by shocked — March 29, 2014 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

    • My name is Sue and that’s all you need to know. I don’t create the stories, I just post them. If you have a problem with the content, I suggest you contact the source (i.e., newspaper or state licensing board, since that’s where all the stories comes from).

      I dare you to get a real e-mail address.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — April 1, 2014 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  43. Dear “Sue”,
    Since the nature of the internet allows anonymity, I don’t have a problem with you and your site being covert. That’s cool. I do believe however, it would give you more credibility if you weren’t hiding. Apparently there is a reason you hide. Why is that? I won’t speculate on why and I don’t really expect an answer since the comment section here is quite out-of-date, but I thought I’d give it a try!

    Comment by Brad Johnson — May 24, 2014 @ 8:07 am | Reply

    • Dear Brad,

      Nothing posted on this blog is my opinion. Everything you read is sourced from news stories or state licensing board disciplinary actions. So who I “really” am is immaterial.

      I trust that you are able to easily grasp this concept.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — June 12, 2014 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  44. Please tell everyone you know about this story. Mental hospital patients were raped. Thanks. Here is the link to the tumble article-http://scrapuru.tumblr.com/post/86707922361/women-raped-in-nashville-hospital-covered-up

    Comment by jjohnson00 — May 25, 2014 @ 6:29 am | Reply

  45. Could you remove the Sept. 2013 comment attributed to “Bijan C. Bayne” about a person named Goers?

    Comment by Bijan C. Bayne — July 12, 2014 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  46. I would like to post a comment
    About an organization in New Jersey called Preferred Behavoral Heath. They have several different offices. Firstly I am writing because there billing dept is so messed up I cannot even understand how they operate in the state. I realize that this fields is challenging. Recently given a bill that was over 1200.00 which I fully plan on paying for the service and counseling I received, however they did not discharge me and went into the office to talk with billing dept. Again and she would not even come to the receptionist area. Upon trying to even get an appoinent had to wait almost 6 months. I was on a state funded program upon entering and they never discussed or mentioned a co-pay with me in over a year of treatment. Know my medication is suppose to be refilled and they still have not even called try and work out any payment plan? They took a fee of 150,00 and it’s been well over two weeks? What do you suggest I could do? I’m sure there is all of of Medicaid fraud being done at this establishment because they are being funded by the state.

    Comment by Trish — September 12, 2014 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  47. Hello,

    I am on Hunger strike day 20. My disability check for the month of September, 2014 has still not been returned to me. Mental Health Coop will not confirm that they gave it back to social security (I need a document that states that they gave it back to Social Security (for me) and I want that document signed by someone of authority at MHC and I would prefer that person be Pam Womack, the CEO of Mental Health Cooperative)

    Hunger strike goes on until I get a signed, printed document confirming that Mental Health Coop returned my disability money.

    On Friday, September 26 2014, the Tennessee government attempted to have social services commit me to a mental hospital for being a ‘danger’ to myself because of the hunger strike- read about it on my blog here: http://hungerinnashville.tumblr.com/post/98482385749/tennessee-department-of-human-services-trying-to

    I am getting very tired of this whole situation…

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Juno

    Comment by Jay Juno — September 27, 2014 @ 2:18 am | Reply


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