Complaints, Suicide Fail to Close Mental Health Center
Doctor in charge isn't accredited, or a doctor, CNN alleges
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 9, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jessica Palmer was suffering from mental illness and drug addiction when her parents sent her to the Adolescent Family Institute of Colorado—but she didn't get the help they were hoping she would there. Instead the staff there told her that her parents didn't love her, that she was faking her illness, and "that she was a 'bitch,' 'dumb,' and a [expletive]," Palmer's parents allege in a lawsuit. A year after leaving the facility, Palmer killed herself. It's just one of the many, many allegations of abuse uncovered in a CNN investigation of the facility.

The network not only found allegations of abuse going back to the 1980s, it discovered that the facility's founder and president, Alexander Panio, isn't licensed to practice psychiatry or psychology in Colorado. His doctorate, earned in 1979, came from a distance-learning school with no government accreditation. State regulators have been repeatedly alerted to problems at the facility, but they've never shut it down, saying the claims "could not be confirmed." But the facility did shut down voluntarily last July, and police are investigating it. Click for CNN's full report.

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May 10, 2014 7:20 AM CDT
"But the facility did shut down voluntarily last July" So what's with the bullshit headline?
May 10, 2014 2:37 AM CDT
This "doctor" is probably a regular commenter here
May 9, 2014 4:06 PM CDT
Did the doctor really diagnose that chick as being a c*nt ? I believe I had an ex or two with that same affliction.