Corrective Action for Overcrowding
Riverside County Psychiatric Hospital
Emergency Treatment Services (ETS).
Problem: A significant number of psych patients were held over the 24-hour time limit at Riverside County's Emergency Treatment Services (ETS). In the 24-hour time limit, 1 of 3 things are suppose to happen.
- Admit Patient
- Discharge Patient
- Transfer Patient to a different hospital
The reason patients need to be off the emergency unit in 24 hours is because space and supplies are limited. For example, a suicidal patient could be sleeping on the cold dirty floor. Also, the patients are denied their civil rights and patient rights. For example, a patient is NOT allowed visitors on ETS, or in most cases not even allowed a bed due to over crowding. They are not allowed privacy. Many things are denied a patient when the are involuntary held on ETS. The patient is NOT free to leave because the door is locked. The patient is forced to put with a loss of rights. This Page shows you how to get Corrective Action if you need it.
The corrective action in this case, was to bring the hospital into compliance by expanding the hospital. I was able to get them to do this with the work below. In addition, a larger psych hospital is being built - Kathi Stringer (Letter 3 & Letter 4 below)
Demand for Change
Demand Letter to State Licensing & Certification for Change (Written by Kathi Stringer)
Over crowding letter sent to the State Department of Health Services.
Chart – ETS Stats on Yearly Admits/5150
Chart – ETS Stats on Admits/5150 w data
ITF Minutes from Year 2000
Demand for Change Granted
Response from Licensing & Certification
Keep Good Notes - Follow Up
STAY ON TOP OF IT - Make Notes
OVER ONE YEAR LATER - FOLLOW UP ON CORRECTIVE ACTION
ADDED June 18, 2008
EMAILS that followed the above letter - in order received