CBS Evening News for Monday, May 20, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Incr. hospitalization of teenagers with alleged mental, drug or alcohol problems examined. [Marianne BRUESEHOFF - recalls hospital's warning to her about son Tim.] Tim Bruesehoff's hospitalization for alcoholism said worsening his emotional problems; youth mentioned never suffering from alcoholism. [Judge Gary CRIPPEN - accuses system of imprisoning children in hospitals.] Psychiatric hospitalization of children since 1980 graphed on screen. [Hubert Humphrey Institution spokesperson Ira SCHWARTZ notes economy benefits to hospitals of admitting children in psychiatric and alcohol treatment programs.] Incr. hospitalization of teenagers for non-existent problems discussed; Troy Norwood's case cited as example [Therapist Robert MUSCALA - cites massive number misdiagnoses.] Blue Cross/Blue Shield's findings of unnecessary hospitalizations of teens in Minnesota outlined. [Mental Health Association of Minnesota spokesperson Bill JOHNSON - notes hospitals' economy self-int. in admitting children.] television commercial illustrating hospital industry's exploitation of parents' concerns shown. [CompCare spokesperson Dr. Joseph PURSCH - denies abuse in system; discusses admission criteria.] Findings of undercover informants Bob Terry and Kim Elliott detailed; American Psychiatric Association's diagnosis of Elliott's phony symptoms noted. CompCare's Golden Valley Health Center's willingness to admit Elliott despite lack of psychiatric need examined. [Voices of Golden Valley SPOKESPERSON, NURSE - claim Elliott should be locked up; remarks transcribed on screen.] [PURSCH - is distressed.] [SCHWARTZ - notes long-term implications for children.] [Marianne BRUESEHOFF - hopes son's wrongful hospitalization didn't permanently harm him.]
REPORTER: Meredith Vieira
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