Category Archives: Unit 3-6

Starting One Week Ago—Check It Out


The NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQC) has been supplanted by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.  http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/ Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of the Justice Center for the Protection … Continue reading

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The Discharge Non-Plan (Part I)


I wake in the pre-dawn darkness.  It is spring.  The windows are open and the birdsong is heard.  I dread this day, as I now dread all days. In the hospital I was on total bed rest.  Staff emptied my … Continue reading

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Instant Sanka Made with Tap Water is not Coffee


R. N. Katy is one of the badies.  She has been working nights here for about two decades.  She had a reputation for being rigid, morally judgmental, and sitting in the nurses’ station reading her bible.  I slept most nights … Continue reading

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Saturday 20 April, Continued


Last night at 6:20 p.m. I called the nurses’ station and asked when supper would be served.  I was told that it had been served at 6:00 p.m.  When I asked why my tray had not been brought, there was … Continue reading

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Thursday 18 April, Continued


Every time I sleep—nap or nighttime—I wake dreaming of 3-6.  This time I dream I am filled with pus.  I write to get it out of me and into the hands of people who can implement change. Thursday 18 April, continued: … Continue reading

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Kyle Sibley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Part II)


You’re supposed to have a social work assessment during the first 24 hours you’re on Unit 3-6.  I never got one.  The reason I wanted one was because I thought I might get treated better if the staff knew, for … Continue reading

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God Sightings


My church, Isaiah’s Table, has a board where we put Post-Its noting the moments when we have seen God.  Here are some of my Post-Its: On the Observation Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, I asked for and got a Holy … Continue reading

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Greetings, Gentlefolk


I have spent the past twelve days in St. Joseph’s Hospital on inpatient psychiatry (Unit 3-6) with Dr. Roger Levine attending.  I am now going to file complaints with the New York State Dept. of Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, … Continue reading

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Beyond Recovery: Stage Five


Hello, My name is Dustin and I live in Michigan. When I was seventeen years old my mother put me in a psychiatric hospital called Forest View. The abuse I felt violated me to the core! I felt like I … Continue reading

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