Young Patients Shuffled Between Units Because Census Exceeded Capacity

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration cited Central Florida Behavioral Hospital for failing to ensure that management and administration were in compliance with applicable laws and regulations concerning child/adolescent acute care inpatient capacity. Even though the facility was designated for only 14 child/adolescent acute care beds, the facility exceeded its licensed capacity from December 9, 2010 to December 12, 2010. During this period, the child and adolescent acute psychiatric unit was over its capacity by between two and four patients, with no place for the extra patients to sleep. As a result, the patients were moved to the facility’s child and adolescent residential treatment center unit each night and returned to their respective units each morning following breakfast and morning care. Central Behavioral Hospital was required to submit a plan of correction to address its cited deficiencies and was required to revise its “Management of Patient Flow” policy.