Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. has been involved in a number of lawsuits over the years, including:
- Martha Young v. Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. (2011): This lawsuit alleged that Crestwood staff failed to properly treat a diabetic patient, which left the patient in a permanent vegetative state. The case was settled for $2 million.
- B. Fragoza v. Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. (2023): This lawsuit alleges that Crestwood systematically violates certain provisions of the California Labor Code, including failing to properly compensate employees for overtime and failing to provide accurate wage statements. The case is ongoing.
- Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. v. Superior Court of Alameda County (2023): This lawsuit is an appeal of the trial court’s ruling in the B. Fragoza case. Crestwood is arguing that the trial court should have transferred the case to Sacramento County, where its principal place of business is located. The case is currently pending before the California Court of Appeal.
- Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. v. Lacy (2021): This lawsuit is an appeal of a Labor Commissioner’s decision awarding damages to a former Crestwood employee who was retaliated against after complaining about being assaulted on the job. The case is currently pending before the California Court of Appeal.
These are just a few examples of the lawsuits that Crestwood Behavioral Health has been involved in. It is important to note that these are just allegations, and Crestwood has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing in any of these cases. However, these lawsuits raise serious concerns about the quality of care and working conditions at Crestwood facilities.
In addition to the lawsuits listed above, Crestwood Behavioral Health has also been the subject of numerous complaints to state and federal agencies. For example, in 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found that Crestwood had violated numerous federal regulations, including failing to provide adequate staffing and failing to protect patients from harm. CMS threatened to terminate Crestwood’s Medicare and Medicaid certification, but the company was able to avoid this by taking corrective action.
The lawsuits and complaints against Crestwood Behavioral Health raise serious concerns about the quality of care and working conditions at the company’s facilities. It is important for patients and potential employees to be aware of these concerns before making a decision about whether to use Crestwood’s services.