Sunday, February 19, 2017

In a statement of claim filed in court on Feb. 19, the daughter, parents and brother of Janette Peterson allege she was a diagnosed psychiatric patient who had been hospitalized for suicidal tendencies a number of times. The family claims she took "definite and extreme steps" to attempt suicide in February 2014 -- including renting a hotel room and hiring strangers to harm her -- and say that and all of her treatment records were fully available on the net care system for medical professionals to review. The family alleges that Peterson, who is diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder, had twice tried to commit herself to the Royal Alexandra Hospital's psychiatric unit for her own personal safety and she was denied admittance, provided with cab fare and told to go home. According to the statement of claim, Peterson posed a clear and imminent threat to herself on Feb. 22, 2014, and her daughter and a friend took her to Alberta Hospital. The family alleges Peterson clearly presented as suicidal and likely non-compliant with her medications and the admitting nurse assured them that she would be assessed. However, instead of assessing or admitting Peterson, the family alleges that the hospital turned her away and called her a cab. According to the statement of claim, Peterson checked herself in at the downtown Chateau Lacombe and jumped to her death from the seventh floor on Feb. 23, 2014.-------The government of Alberta only works when publicity happens that directs public attention at problem areas. But why is this the case? Why not simply put in effective supports and services for the mentally ill? Why not ensure beds are present for crisis situations? Why not provide integrated care teams to help the system that isn't knowledgeable about the needs or problems of the mentally ill? Why not ensure services and supports are present in an ongoing way? Why not have oversight so that those who are falling through the gaps in the system are retrieved? Why not? I believe it is a matter of the stigma of handicaps-- especially of the stigma of mental illness that ensure the continuation of these sorts of inequitable situations. Speak up folks. Don't stay silent. When you stay silent, you don't get the help your family member needs.-----


http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/02/26/family-of-suicide-victim-sues-alberta-hospital-for-alleged-non-admittance


Family of suicide victim sues Alberta Hospital for alleged non-admittance



FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 03:52 PM MST | UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 06:47 PM MST
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EDMONTON - A mentally ill Edmonton woman's family is claiming she jumped to her death from the seventh floor of the Chateau Lacombe after being turned away at Alberta Hospital.
And the family says in a recent $753,000 lawsuit against the province that it was the third time she was refused admittance at a psychiatric facility — despite her clear need for treatment — and sent away in a taxi.
In a statement of claim filed in court on Feb. 19, the daughter, parents and brother of Janette Peterson allege she was a diagnosed psychiatric patient who had been hospitalized for suicidal tendencies a number of times.
The family claims she took "definite and extreme steps" to attempt suicide in February 2014 -- including renting a hotel room and hiring strangers to harm her -- and say that and all of her treatment records were fully available on the net care system for medical professionals to review.
The family alleges that Peterson, who is diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder, had twice tried to commit herself to the Royal Alexandra Hospital's psychiatric unit for her own personal safety and she was denied admittance, provided with cab fare and told to go home.
According to the statement of claim, Peterson posed a clear and imminent threat to herself on Feb. 22, 2014, and her daughter and a friend took her to Alberta Hospital.
The family alleges Peterson clearly presented as suicidal and likely non-compliant with her medications and the admitting nurse assured them that she would be assessed.
However, instead of assessing or admitting Peterson, the family alleges that the hospital turned her away and called her a cab.
According to the statement of claim, Peterson checked herself in at the downtown Chateau Lacombe and jumped to her death from the seventh floor on Feb. 23, 2014.
The family alleges the death was the result of negligence by the doctors and staff at the two hospitals for failing to admit her, failing to properly monitor her and for failing to notify the family that she had been denied admission.
They claim the defendants, which include Alberta Health Services, Alberta Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, the admitting nurse and several doctors and staff members, have a duty to both Peterson and the general public to admit those who are suffering from mental disorders and are likely to cause harm to themselves or others.
The statement of claim also alleges that the defendants have a duty to ensure that "bed pressure" does not result in patients in demonstrable need being turned away.
Statements of defence have not yet been filed.
Statements of claim and statements of defence contain allegations which have not been proven.



Julie Ali feeling blessed.
Just now
We had bangers and mash just now. some potatoes are left so I might make fish cakes tomorrow. I will see.
I did all the walks today. It was slush so it was heavy. Then I put sand out from the community sand box. It was nice to have the sand just down the road from my parents' house instead of somewhere in the boonies in Windermere.
I have a cooler that I am drinking as I do the lawsuit work. I am still in 2010 where Rebecca is like a pendulum going back and forth between hospital and the facility.
It's amazing that she did so many trips and some of them the Grey Nuns Hospital refused to keep her and sent her back.
I didn't know hospitals could reject sick people but apparently they can.
One family is suing the system because they lost their family member after she got rejected three times when she was in crisis.
It's my opinion that the system doesn't care about mentally ill people and as a consequence their survival chances are poor.
The problem with doing this sort of refusal is that you are dealing with mentally ill folks without insight. Just think of it folks. You are asking people without insight to have the ability to take medications and be compliant with a care plan when their brains are not functioning normally. Does this sound a bit off to you all? It does to me. What is required is for the system to understand that people without insight need help. They need integrated care teams who can set up compliance programs of the sort that ensure that the patients are compliant and therefore able to think a bit about compliance and consequences. In my sister's case there were lots of indications that there were memory and insight problems but no one did anything about these problems until 2014 when I started to ask questions.
It's troubling to me that we don't have the oversight of the system that is required by AHS or Alberta Health. Why did this woman have to die? I guess maybe it is cheaper to pay out a lawsuit claim than to provide an effective mental health system where desperate human beings can get the help they are entitled to. If this woman had been able to go to the media and express her issues to us I am betting that help would have been provided.
The government of Alberta only works when publicity happens that directs public attention at problem areas. But why is this the case? Why not simply put in effective supports and services for the mentally ill? Why not ensure beds are present for crisis situations? Why not provide integrated care teams to help the system that isn't knowledgeable about the needs or problems of the mentally ill? Why not ensure services and supports are present in an ongoing way? Why not have oversight so that those who are falling through the gaps in the system are retrieved? Why not? I believe it is a matter of the stigma of handicaps-- especially of the stigma of mental illness that ensures the continuation of these sorts of inequitable situations.
Speak up folks. Don't stay silent. When you stay silent, you don't get the help your family member needs.

A mentally ill Edmonton woman's family is claiming she jumped to her death from the seventh floor of the Chateau Lacombe after being turned away at Alberta Hospital.
EDMONTONSUN.COM

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