Patient Alleges He was Improperly Detained at River Point

In July 2012, former patient Zigan Danklou filed a lawsuit alleging he was improperly detained at the River Point facility after being involuntarily admitted under the Florida Baker Act. State law dictates that after 72 hours, the facility must either release an involuntarily admitted patient or file a court petition seeking involuntary placement should the patient refuse to give consent for further treatment.

The plaintiff alleges the facility detained him against his will for five days after the 72-hour window expired without filing any legal petition. He alleges that his physician at the facility determined he did not need medication, and he was held “solely for monetary gain.” The case has entered mediation and is ongoing as of November 2014.