Mental Health Hospital Chain Misrepresents Itself, Falsely Imprisons Regular People

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
Hospital in Denton, Texas

Hospital in Denton, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated today at 11:27 PM


DENTON — You are locked in a strange place; you don’t know exactly how you got there; and you can’t get out.

It’s chilling to imagine.

These are the tales of three women who said they felt imprisoned in two Denton mental hospitals: Mayhill and University Behavioral Health.

“There’s something going on over there, and it’s not good,” said Tenaya Farber, one of the former patients. “It’s shady. Something needs to be exposed.”

“I don’t know if you know how it feels to be held against your will, but basically, it’s terrifying,” said Phoebe Franco, another of the three patients.

Franco had never been in a mental institution. But that’s where she found herself after a flareup of her Crohn’s disease put her in an emergency clinic in Aubrey.

It was late one evening last March. The clinic was closing. Franco need to go to another facility. She said two people came into her room.

“I believe they were recruiting patients into Mayhill,” Franco said.

Mayhill is a behavioral hospital in Denton, but Franco didn’t know that. She was told Mayhill had the capability to treat Crohn’s, a digestive disorder. So she signed papers to be admitted there.

By signing, she was unwittingly committing herself to a mental institution. And once she was there, she couldn’t get out.

For two days, her parents did not know where she was. Her medical doctor of 27 years, they said, was not allowed to see her.

“She wasn’t getting her [Crohn’s] medication, you know,” said Phoebe’s mother, June Franco. “She could have died. It’s not a disease you fool around with.”

“The whole time, I thought she worked for the hospital, and she works for UBH,” Hilton said.

The assessor told her she was being transferred to UBH.

“I didn’t have an option,” Hilton said.

“I had to fight tooth and nail to get out of there,” Tenaya Farber said.

She checked into UBH Denton in September to have her medications evaluated. She expected to stay for 72 hours.

“And when the 72 hours were up, I had specifically asked I want to leave,” Farber said. “I know my rights, and I was told by the nursing staff that I would not be, and that if I tried to ask to leave, it was going on my record.”

The three women told News 8 they were treated as if they’d done something wrong while they were institutionalized, and that they were continually threatened with a court appearance if they tried to get out.


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