close down Northstar Behavioral Hospital

close down Northstar Behavioral Hospital

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The Northstar Behavioral Hospital is a “mental hospital” located in Anchorage, Alaska. In reality, it is closer a prison than a mental health facility. Children and teenagers who stay at the hospital are forced to stay longer against their family's will. The hospital plays it off by claiming they need more evaluation but no child should be locked in a facility for 6 months or even more than a year. When parents say they want to pull the child out they are threatened with charges of child neglect and abuse regardless of whether the child is well or not. Staff members abuse, neglect, starve, and drug the patients heavily. It is reported that the patients are given tranquilizers and Benadryl constantly to keep them asleep or “calm”. In reality, all this does is keep the patients in a high state in which they're more obedient towards the staff. Instead of rehabilitating the mentally ill, the staff will lock them inside rooms for days on end with little to no food at all. Staff members also heavily favor certain patients and will even go as far as giving said patients they favor extra food and give them much less restrictions. It is also reported that to restrain the patients, staff will throw them to the floor or walls which is beyond wrong and completely unnecessary for restraining CHILDREN. The staff also drink alcohol in flasks and carry cigarettes, even around patients who are recovering from addiction. This so called “hospital” is disgusting and extremely inhumane. Mentally ill people are still people and should be treated as such. We demand that the atrocity that is the Northstar Behavioral Hospital be shut down and the staff members be held accountable for their actions. The victims of Northstar deserve justice.

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