Last week, I began a story about a teenager placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold by the Glendale police. I left off with the boy about to be transferred from Glendale Adventist Medical Center to BHC Alhambra Hospital, a psychiatric facility.
Several months before this incident occurred, a psychiatrist in Glendale had begun prescribing Abilify to the boy. On more than one occasion, the father had voiced his disapproval of drugs as a long-term treatment for his son to both the psychiatrist and the boy's mother. In the father's opinion, the boy needed therapy, not pacification.
With that in mind, the father leaves a message for the psychiatrist on the evening of the boy's arrest. He wants answers. But she does not return his call. So on Friday morning, the father exercises his right as joint legal custodian — he fires the psychiatrist.