When patients’ welfare and lives are potentially put at risk, it shouldn’t take CMS officers being forced to threaten to terminate contracts to get one of the largest psychiatric hospital chains in the nation to do the right thing—ensuring their subsidiary hospitals maintain CMS standards at all times. It shouldn’t take more than one Plan of Correction to ensure safeguards to prevent sexual assault of patients—by fellow residents or staff. Or to ensure that patients are never neglected to the point that they commit suicide or are restrained to the point of being harmed and even killed.
One of the unexpected events that followed the release of this book was the anger and outrage it spawned. I received a large volume of hate mail, filled with threats and animosity, from psychotherapists. Rather than disagreement or discourse, these mental health professionals were protective of their favored theories and outraged that anyone should disagree with their belief systems. This level of bias is unfortunately common enough that it is one of the primary reasons people do not receive objective diagnoses and effective treatments. By the way, since 1987 it seems that the number of abductions has declined significantly.