Reality star Catelynn Lowell recently revealed that she is headed back to rehab for the third time “to work on my trauma and getting on different meds,” but fans were confused as to why the 25-year-old was discharged in the first place. As it turns out, the Teen Mom OG mainstay’s facility-of-choice, Sierra Tucson, has had its fair share of controversies over the last few years.
In 2012, a patient’s family filed a lawsuit against the treatment center after he was found dead about a quarter-mile from the main building. The 71-year-old’s body was discovered two weeks after he disappeared and was so decomposed that an autopsy report could not determine his cause of death. The suit accused the facility of improperly supervising its patients. It was eventually settled out of court in September 2014.
Sierra Tucson made headlines again in 2015 when three patients died on-site in the span of 13 months. “We are taking this situation extremely seriously and are reviewing what happened to see if we can make improvements that might enhance the quality of patient care,” director Philip Herschman said in a statement after a 55-year-old Pennsylvania man was found hanging by a belt in his room.
Tucson.com revealed the center had been reprimanded by the state of Arizona numerous times for failing to follow its own policies. For example, they were fined $2,000 in 2014 for violating four rules and regulations in regards to the suicide of a 59-year-old patient. State records showed he told his wife over the phone that he wanted to kill himself and that she called the facility to tell them. Less than 24 hours later, he was dead. There was no evidence to suggest that the facility had reassessed his mental state following his wife’s phone call.
Catelynn told fans in November that she was entering rehab for suicidal thoughts. “Well today I thought of every way to kill myself.. so I’m going to treatment,” she wrote on Twitter. We truly hope she’s getting the help she needs.
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