Al Jazeera America | April 22, 2015

Vermont hospital treated mental patients as criminals, public records show

The shortage [of beds available for patients who need inpatient psychiatric treatment] has led to an increase in mental health patients who may remain in emergency departments for long periods, said Jack McCullough, the director of Vermont Legal Aid’s Mental Health Law Project.... 

“Patients are not really receiving any treatment when they’re there,” he said. He added that patients are essentially “just locked up in a tiny room,” sometimes for as long as several weeks.