Meadows Psychiatric Center forced medication despite patient refusal

The Meadows Psychiatric Center Inpatient Unit was cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) for deficiencies related to patient rights and staff background checks during a licensing inspection. The OMHSAS cited the facility for violating patient rights regulations after the agency found that a consumer “received forced medication over patient objection.” Inspectors also noted that the “issue of medication refusal and the plan to force injectable medication over the patient’s stated objected was not included in the treatment plan.” Inspectors also found another patient’s treatment plan that was not updated and reviewed with the child or family. During the licensing inspection, the OMHSAS also noted that the facility did not verify the credentials for two employees – a therapist and a social worker. The facility submitted a plan of correction to address these cited deficiencies.