Reports of residential treatment center abuse in Utah seem to be in the news regularly these days. With so many reports, it can seem like all treatment centers are abusive. If you have a child or loved one that needs help with substance dependency, how do you choose a center?
At Carlson Injury, we have represented multiple clients in residential treatment center abuse cases. We have seen the signs of abuse and we want to help you avoid experiencing them. That way, you can make an informed decision about getting treatment for your loved one.
Avoiding Residential Treatment Center Abuse – Choosing a Treatment Center
1. Check the Salt Lake Tribune’s documentation on violations and inspections.
The Salt Lake Tribune recently released the results of its investigative reporting into residential treatment center abuse in Utah. The documentation is thorough and worth reading for anyone considering a treatment center for troubled teens. Here you can find information about each facility’s violations.
2. Request to take a tour of the facility.
Any reputable treatment center will be willing to take you on a tour of its facility. While you cannot assume that you will see everything that happens day to day, a tour can give you a feel for a center and its staff.
3. Speak to former residents and their families.
This may not always be possible depending on privacy concerns. However, it is worth requesting references from former residents. Some former patients and/or families may have offered to discuss their experiences and give references in hopes of helping others.
4. Verify that the treatments offered are evidence-based.
There is still a significant amount of questionable practices related to substance abuse treatment. Evidence-based treatment is treatment that follows guidelines established through careful study and the resulting evidence.
5. Get a second opinion about the need for residential treatment.
Some children and teens may require residential treatment – where the patient goes and lives at the treatment center. However, many do not require such intensive treatment. Not only is it expensive, but it also is not always the best choice. Seek feedback from more than one medical and/or mental health professional before committing to residential treatment.
We Represent Residential Treatment Center Abuse Victims and Their Families
Carlson Injury is known for its work in the field of residential treatment center abuse law. Our Utah personal injury firm understands the challenges of these types of legal cases. We also know how to overcome those challenges. We fight hard on behalf of our clients and are ready to do the same for you.
Please contact us today at (801) 845-4577 or complete our secure online contact form to speak with our attorney. Let us help you understand your legal options and help you get the compensation you deserve.