Feds investigating Illinios psychiatric facilities run by Universal Health Services

Posted on April 5, 2013


A U.S. Department of Justice probe into patient care at a suburban psychiatric hospital is expanding to three other prominent Illinois facilities owned by Universal Health Services Inc., the nation’s largest operator of behavioral health hospitals and treatment centers, the Tribune has learned.

The department initially launched its investigation in 2008 after the Tribune documented allegations that several youths were sexually assaulted at the west suburban Riveredge psychiatric hospital.

In a letter last month to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, federal prosecutors requested documents pertaining to Universal’s Hartgrove Hospital in Chicago, Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System in the western suburbs and the Rock River Academy and Residential Center in Rockford, records show.

DCFS stopped sending state wards to Riveredge after the Tribune reports and commissioned the University of Illinois at Chicago’s psychiatry department to examine conditions there, as well as at other psychiatric facilities that serve Illinois wards.

Full story: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-23/news/ct-met-psychiatric-hospital-probe-20130123_1_behavioral-health-facilities-psychiatric-solutions-universal-health-services