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Offline Ursus

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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2011, 12:13:28 PM »
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Just found this tonight regarding Bellefaire and mishandled meds which resulted in the suicide of a 15-year-old under their care:

http://fda-drugs.legalview.info/legal-i ... ts/519500/
It sounds like it was a lot more than "mishandled meds." You could even make a case for Bellefaire being responsible for substantial contributing factors to this girl's depression and subsequent suicide, not to mention what comes across as almost callous indifference towards and/or abject ignorance as to the means for "correcting" those circumstances!
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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2011, 12:25:13 AM »
I give you a massive amount of respect for telling your story.  I work for an agency contracted with Allegheny county Children youth and families in Pittsburgh, Pa and I have heard nothing but horror stories about Bellefaire.
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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2011, 11:26:54 PM »
Some more comments on the above mentioned suicide case:

    The girl began to show signs of depression a few months beforehand. It was subsequently found that a Bellefaire staff member was having "inappropriate sexual contact" with her.

    The staffer was apparently subsequently discharged from his duties. Bellefaire prescribed antidepressants for the girl and moved her to a more restrictive setting.

    Despite the fact that three successive blood tests showed that she was not taking her meds and was hoarding them, Bellefaire took no actions nor precautions re. lack of medication compliance.

    The girl gave staff a letter indicating that she planned to commit suicide. Nothing was done.

    She also put a note on her door indicating same intentions. Nothing was done.

    So, she finally committed suicide by taking all of the aforementioned hoarded antidepressant meds ... and that was that.
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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2011, 12:45:49 AM »
Bump.
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Negligence in contributing to cause and in failing to preven
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2011, 12:23:56 PM »
Here's the freebie version of this case as reported on Jury Verdict Review & Analysis' website; "Premium Access" probably buys you all those blanks filled in and more...

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$________ VERDICT Negligence in contributing to cause and in failing to prevent suicide of 15-year-old psychiatric patient.

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Originally published in The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (5362)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

This action arose out of the suicide death of the 15-year-old female decedent which occurred while the decedent was an in- patient at the defendant Bellefaire Childrens Home. The plaintiff contended that the defendant negligently failed to properly monitor the decedent's anti-depressant regimen, permitting the decedent to stop taking the medicine and to hoard it until she accumulated an amount equivalent to a lethal dose.

The evidence indicated that the decedent was a patient at the defendant Bellefaire Childrens Home at the time of her death by suicide. The decedent had previously been at the Berea Childrens Home where she had been doing well for approximately one year.

Upon initially being transferred to the defendant Bellefaire in ________, the decedent did well through the summer of ________, but began showing signs of depression in the fall of ________. It was ultimately discovered that a make staff worker at Bellefaire was having inappropriate sexual contact with her. The worker was discharged and the County investigation determined that sexual abuse had occurred. Discovery revealed that other staff workers had, in fact, sexually abused other residents both before and after the instant situation.

The County investigator responsible for investigating sex crimes testified that at any given time he was investigating three to five allegations of sexual abuse of residents by staff workers at Bellefaire. The decedent was thereafter transferred to a more restrictive cottage. She was given Elavil, an anti-depressant.

Three successive blood tests showed that the decedent was not taking the medication as prescribed and that she was hoarding it.

The decedent gave a letter to the Bellefaire employees indicating that she was planning to commit suicide. She also placed a note on her door indicating the same thing. The plaintiff contended that no actions were taken to insure that she was taking her medication. The plaintiff overdosed on Elavil on February 28, ________ and died on March 17, ________.

The plaintiff contended that the defendants negligently failed to properly monitor the decedent's medication regimen, negligently failed to perform mouth checks each time she was given the medication, and negligently made it easier for the decedent to hoard the medication by increasing the dosage without ensuring that the decedent was taking the medicine as directed. The decedent's next of kin consisted of her two sisters and three brothers.

The defendant denied negligence and maintained that its care, treatment and supervision of the decedent was adequate and that the decedent would have committed suicide regardless of the measures taken by the defendant to prevent her from doing so. p 7 3 The jury found for the plaintiff and returned a verdict of $________, including $________ for the decedent's conscious pain and suffering and $________ for the decedent's wrongful death.


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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2011, 11:47:19 AM »
you people know little of the horros of Hellefaire, the chick you mentioned who died, she died from an over dose of elavil and other substances, she was my best friend and one of the first people i can honestly say i loved, she died today march 17th 1994, i was in that shit hole from 92- 96, her death was the staffs fault 100% she had given them notes saying she was going to do it, there was a note on her door that night and they refused to hospitalize her, which from my knowledge her mom sued for 1million in damages, so you wanna talk about it hit me up on face book richard selman
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Re: Negligence in contributing to cause and in failing to pr
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2011, 12:04:16 PM »
Quote from: "Ursus"
Here's the freebie version of this case as reported on Jury Verdict Review & Analysis' website; "Premium Access" probably buys you all those blanks filled in and more...

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$________ VERDICT Negligence in contributing to cause and in failing to prevent suicide of 15-year-old psychiatric patient.

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Originally published in The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis (5362)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

This action arose out of the suicide death of the 15-year-old female decedent which occurred while the decedent was an in- patient at the defendant Bellefaire Childrens Home. The plaintiff contended that the defendant negligently failed to properly monitor the decedent's anti-depressant regimen, permitting the decedent to stop taking the medicine and to hoard it until she accumulated an amount equivalent to a lethal dose.

The evidence indicated that the decedent was a patient at the defendant Bellefaire Childrens Home at the time of her death by suicide. The decedent had previously been at the Berea Childrens Home where she had been doing well for approximately one year.

Upon initially being transferred to the defendant Bellefaire in ________, the decedent did well through the summer of ________, but began showing signs of depression in the fall of ________. It was ultimately discovered that a make staff worker at Bellefaire was having inappropriate sexual contact with her. The worker was discharged and the County investigation determined that sexual abuse had occurred. Discovery revealed that other staff workers had, in fact, sexually abused other residents both before and after the instant situation.

The County investigator responsible for investigating sex crimes testified that at any given time he was investigating three to five allegations of sexual abuse of residents by staff workers at Bellefaire. The decedent was thereafter transferred to a more restrictive cottage. She was given Elavil, an anti-depressant.

Three successive blood tests showed that the decedent was not taking the medication as prescribed and that she was hoarding it.

The decedent gave a letter to the Bellefaire employees indicating that she was planning to commit suicide. She also placed a note on her door indicating the same thing. The plaintiff contended that no actions were taken to insure that she was taking her medication. The plaintiff overdosed on Elavil on February 28, ________ and died on March 17, ________.

The plaintiff contended that the defendants negligently failed to properly monitor the decedent's medication regimen, negligently failed to perform mouth checks each time she was given the medication, and negligently made it easier for the decedent to hoard the medication by increasing the dosage without ensuring that the decedent was taking the medicine as directed. The decedent's next of kin consisted of her two sisters and three brothers.

The defendant denied negligence and maintained that its care, treatment and supervision of the decedent was adequate and that the decedent would have committed suicide regardless of the measures taken by the defendant to prevent her from doing so. p 7 3 The jury found for the plaintiff and returned a verdict of $________, including $________ for the decedent's conscious pain and suffering and $________ for the decedent's wrongful death.


Copyright 2011 Jury Verdict Review Publications, Inc.

if you would like to fill in the blanks raqedpage 29 of the pdf on this link http://www.clevelandtrialattorneys.org/ ... tember.pdf
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Jessica Jamison. etc. v. Bellefaire Jewish Childrens Bureau
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2011, 03:03:25 PM »
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if you would like to fill in the blanks raqedpage 29 of the pdf on this link http://www.clevelandtrialattorneys.org/ ... tember.pdf
Yep, I had that on the queue, hoping someone else would respond to this thread, and here ya are!

So... here are those details about this case from the September 1996 Newsletter of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, p. 29 (p. 31 of the 36 page PDF):

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Jessica Jamison. etc. v. Bellefaire Jewish Childrens Bureau

Court and Judge:  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas; Judge J. Villanueva
Settlement: June 10, 1996
Plaintiffs Counsel:  Charles Kampinski and Christopher Mellino
Defendant's Counsel:  Gary Goldwasser and William Meadows
Insurance Company: CNA
Type of Action: Negligence in contributing to cause and failing to prevent suicide.

Isabel Jamison was a patient at Bellefaire. She had previously been at Berea Childrens Home where she had been doing well for approximately one year.  Upon initially being transferred to Bellefaire Childrens Home, she did well throughout the summer of 1993. However, began showing signs of depression in the fall of 1993. It was ultimately discovered that a male staff worker at Bellefaire was having inappropriate sexual contact with her. That worker was discharged and the county investigation determined that the sexual abuse was indicated.

Discovery revealed that other staff workers had in fact sexually abused other residents both before and after the instant situation. The county investigator responsible for investigating sex crimes testified that at any given time, he was investigating three to five allegations of sexual abuse by staff workers at Bellefaire with residents.

Isabel was transferred to a more restrictive cottage. She was being given Elavil, an anti-depressant. Three successive blood tests showed that she was not taking the medication as prescribed and that she was hoarding it. She gave a letter to the Bellefaire employees indicating that she was planning to commit suicide. She also put a note on her door indicating the same thing. No actions were taken to insure that she was taking her medication and indeed she overdosed on Elavil on February 28, 1994, and died on March 17, 1994.

Damages: Pain and suffering and death.
Plaintiffs Experts:  Kris Sperry, M.D. (pathologist-toxicologist)
Defendant's Experts:  Douglas Jacobs, Ph.D. (psychiatrist)
Settlement: Judgment:  $500,000.00; $100,000.00 was returned on the survivorship claim and $400,000.00 on the wrongful death claim.


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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2011, 11:19:57 PM »
Please do not construe a lack of replies as a lack of interest. Figure that possibly thousands of people read this and are outraged by it, as am I, for every person who posts a reply.
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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2012, 04:06:10 PM »
BELLEFAIRE JCB ABUSES WARRANT CLOSING

Here's an excerpt from another review I posted:

A true Dickens nightmare. Physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual abuses. If a child or teen manages to survive this experience, there is no question that they will suffer severe psychological damage for the rest of their lives. Please do not consider Bellefaire JCB as a viable resource. This institution and its foster care adjuncts should be subject to extreme scrutiny and full exposure. I can't believe that they have not already been shuttered for brutality against their wards and illegal actions from torture to billing abuses. Your adolescent has a better chance for survival in an abusive home or on the street as a runaway. Bellefaire is a psychological concentration camp for young people. Let us never forget and let us make this institution a bedlam of the distant past. If I can save a single child's present life and his/her life down the road as a confident, psychologically-healthy adult, this post will be worthwhile.
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Re: Bellefaire JCB residential treatment center experiences
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2012, 02:12:58 PM »
BELLEFAIRE JCB: A TRUE DICKENS NIGHTMARE

(Here is another post I contributed to a review site regarding Bellefaire JCB. One can only hope that parents read internet reviews before they destroy their children's lives...):

A true Dickens nightmare. Physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual abuses.If a child or teen manages to survive this experience, there is no question that they will suffer severe psychological damage for the rest of their lives. Please do not consider Bellefaire JCB as a viable resource. This institution and its foster care adjuncts should be subject to extreme scrutiny and full exposure. I can't believe that they have not already been shuttered for brutality against their wards and illegal actions from torture to billing abuses. Your adolescent has a better chance for survival in an abusive home or on the street as a runaway. Bellefaire is a psychological concentration camp for young people. Let us never forget and let us make this institution a bedlam of the distant past. If I can save a single child's present life and his/her life down the road as a confident, psychologically-healthy adult, this post will be worthwhile.

Ganymede
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