My daughter (19) was in the ER for depression/anxiety/panic attacks. Because she had behavioral issues as well they decided that she should go to The Meadows. I had read through their website online and it looked pretty impressive so was feeling relieved that she was so fortunate to get into this facility. Easing my mind even more, the Crisis Intervention personnel assured me that it was indeed an excellent facility located in the country on a beautiful 52 acre property with very nice buildings and delicious food. What they failed to tell me was that she would not have one on one counseling. That she would be on a co-ed floor. That she would be diagnosed with one mental disorder and then have them change their minds half way through the week that it was something else only to send her home with the first diagnosis. They didn't tell me that they would make sure that she ate her meals so that she wouldn't lose 15 lbs. in one week. They didn't tell me that they would turn their heads when the patients exchanged phone numbers and email addresses so they could 'hook up' when they got released. They didn't tell me that they would send my daughter home more depressed than when she arrived there. They didn't tell me that they would send her home on three medications and not explain what they were for. They didn't tell me that they had concerns about her heart (high BP/Pulse rate) and that I should follow up with a heart doctor. They didn't give us any kind of plan or course of action except to follow up with a counselor (who is not licensed to distribute medicine). They didn't tell me that one of their staff (a tech) used to be a patient there himself and struggles with extreme anger. He teaches one of the classes and tells his story about how everything in his home is broken and his kids bedrooms are called 'safe rooms' so he can send them there when he is about to get angry. They don't tell you that they hardly ever answer their phones so that you can speak to your loved one. And they certainly don't tell you that the patients spend more time counseling each other than the counselors do! You can imagine the kind of counsel that comes from those 'late night group sessions'. I feel like I don't even know my daughter any more! She's drugged up, more depressed than ever and wants to be back in a Psych Ward where she can be with her new "bad ass" boy friend who is encouraging her to defy all authority and be 'f****ed up' with him.
By the way, my daughter received all of her diagnosis based on brief times of questioning her (very little) and me (for about 30 minutes total between three therapists). One therapist even told me to only answer her questions and not elaborate on my answers because she had too many patients to get to that day!
If you value your children/loved one, you will do your level best to keep them far away from this facility. I am familiar with other mental health facilities and The Meadows cannot hold a candle to them. From my perspective, The Meadows is over staffed without any semblance of order. Because of their chaos and lack of priorities, families are left to pick up the pieces of their mess!
run run run stay as far as you can. will lock you up and wont let you out. try to contact a patient forget it they are worse than pathetic.. id give a negative star if i could spent over 6 hours on phone trying to contact my grandchild phone rings and rings wont leave her out crying to get out STAY FAR AWAY
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