TALLAHASSEE -- A South Florida lawmaker is pushing for a review of a Pembroke Pines psychiatric facility where staff has been accused of abusing underage patients.
Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, in a letter to Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, requested that the House Health & Human Services Committee reserve time at its September meeting in Tallahassee to review reports from the Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration on the problems at the Citrus Center of Adolescent Treatment Service.
The Sun Sentinel reported last week that the Broward public defender's office had asked DCF to investigate the facility. The public defender's office accused the facility of essentially knocking out patients with mediciation.
"As a state representative from Broward County where this facility is located and as a member of the Health & Human Services Committee, I am deeply concerned by the allegations of possible mistreatment of youth at this local psychiatric facility," Edwards wrote. "Specifically, news reports have indicated that an investigation may be underway concerning conditions at the center, which may stem from an April 28 incident that has been partially caught on surveillance video in which it appears a police officer punches a girl in the face and another officer appears to use pepper spray and physical means to restrain the youth."