Officials: Patients at risk at Dallas psychiatric hospital

Staff Writer

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials have warned that patients at a psychiatric hospital in Dallas are in "immediate jeopardy" two years after Texas regulators threatened to close the facility over severe safety problems, a newspaper reported Sunday.
A Nov. 1 letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services addressed to Timberlawn's chief executive said that Timberlawn Mental Health System "no longer meets the requirements for participation in the Medicare program because of deficiencies that represent immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety," according to the Dallas Morning News, which obtained a copy of the letter.
A scathing inspection report by state regulators in October described how Timberlawn put children at risk, coinciding with a 13-year-old patient's allegations that she was raped by a 17-year-old male patient....To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.