Long waits, delays the norm for psych...

Long waits, delays the norm for psychiatric patients

There are 12 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 26, 2007, titled Long waits, delays the norm for psychiatric patients. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Suffolk hospital that serves as a mental health hub to evaluate emergency psychiatric cases has been increasingly diverting patients to other centers as the demand far outweighs its resources, state and local ...

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#1 Feb 27, 2007
I have a sister who has been shuffled from mental hospital to mental hospital. Stony Brook will send her to Eastern Long Island. Eastern Long Island will send her to Brookhaven. She then gets released into the streets in a semi-lucid state. Only to then be arrested by Suffolk County police for loitering, menancing and whatever other charge they come up with. Once in Riverhead Jail, they send her to Pilgrim State. Once they get her stabilized she is sent to back to Riverhead, brought to court, given time served and thrown back on the streets. It is a vicious vicious cycle.

South Ozone Park, NY

#2 Feb 27, 2007
Mental illness has set upon a Long Islander because of the high taxes in the region. After struggling year after year to pay the tax bills, the Long Islander finally broke down mentally. Taken to a hospital to recuperate from the tax trauma, the Long Islander is told there is not enough room in the nut house because there is no tax money to pay for it. Looking up to the heavens, the Long Islander cries out "Who's crazy? Me or the cold, cruel heartless, only money counts system."

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 27, 2007
The fact that the staff at CPEP are on a job action slow-down doesn't help matters either.
Jeff K

North Bergen, NJ

#4 Feb 27, 2007
This system has never worked and will continue to be grossly inadequate for the needs of the mentally ill on Long Island because the state limits the number of inpatient psychiatric beds available throughout the County. There is no space available to hospitalize the patients who need inpatient care at Stony Brook, and when they check the availability of beds at other hospitals, there are none. The article failed to emphasize how exasperating it is to go to CPEP and wait 6 or more hours, only to be sent away. Think of how you might have felt the last time you waited an hour or more at your own doctor's office. Then think about the expense the County incurs when its police officers are paid overtime to sit in that place with patients waiting to be evaluated. There is plenty of blame to go around for allowing this unacceptable, infuriating, and expensive system to go on for as long as it has. Jeff K.

Cliffside Park, NJ

#5 Feb 27, 2007
This is not news... as Jeff K says, CPEP has been sending away people in need of care for years. Only a person at risk of harming him/herself or others would be kept, if there's room. You learn not to go to CPEP. Bottom line - CPEP should be made more useful to Suffolk's mentally ill, and, we must ask for funding for additional outpatient services here in Suffolk. Either you budget the services in as pre-emptive, (i.e., funding for more ACT teams and community services), or your tax dollars will pay for it later in stays at Pilgrim and the satellite psych. units, the latter being far more expensive than the former.
Susan Mintzer

Nutley, NJ

#6 Mar 15, 2007
Your comments are all quite thougtfull. I recently had to go for fingerprinting to an old haunt house.
That would be pilgrim. As I drove, I wondered about the history. All of these acres. Beautiful old buildings. And what.... what about the patients. As a nurse, the patients are what propel me to learn more about how it all began, and what happened there.
I would appreciate any comments. Thoughts,
my email is memargo122@yahoo. Thanks so much.
Abusive psychiatry

Aliso Viejo, CA

#7 Dec 21, 2011
Psychiatry made me sick !!
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives, and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.

Holtsville, NY

#8 Dec 23, 2011
Abusive psychiatry wrote:
Psychiatry made me sick !!
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog,...

$cientology is a criminal syndicate.


Aliso Viejo, CA

#9 Dec 28, 2011
Psychiatry is a criminal syndicate !

Biggest $ fine for crime ever 1.42 BILLION DOLLARS !$1,420,000,000
Eli Lilly & Co. said Thursday it pleaded guilty to a charge that it illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for an unapproved use !

Fox news www.youtube.com/watch...

Thank you scientology for the truth they cant argue with !

There is www.mindfreedom.org they have NOTHING to do with Scientology but also want human rights and point out there is NO TEST for "chemical imbalances"... and the abusive and coercive treatment that is mainstay of psychiatric treatment. like Rwz in Pj
Currently, due to the massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority. Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision. This is an unfolding national tragedy of immense proportions. As part of its mission, PsychRights is further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will.


Aliso Viejo, CA

#10 Dec 29, 2011
read about that lie the "chemical imbalance"

here: www.afterpsychotherapy.com/chemical-imbalance...

1 of hundreds of sites on the truth.

or a good one on youtube


The "Stony brook cpep" is psychiatric abuse, I know cause I was there when psychiatric drugs MADE me sick.

Aliso Viejo, CA

#11 Dec 29, 2011
Iím sure each of us has attempted that conversation with our Primary care physician about how we might not feel so great about our life situation or what is happening with relationships and so on and so forth.

$ 100 says that the doctor, TELLS YOU THAT CHEMICAL IMBALANCE LIE instead of walking you through your problems with talk therapy (which cures the problem) they prescribe you a lifetime commitment to psychotic drugs which you can NEVER safely just stop ingesting.


Aliso Viejo, CA

#12 Dec 29, 2011

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