TX--Victims urge embattled hospital to take action re predator

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Statement by Amy Smith, Dallas co-leader of SNAP (281-748-4050watchkeepa[email protected])

A Dallas area hospital may close soon but before it does, its staff should aggressively reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by an ex-employee who is an admitted sex offender.http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/regulators-to-halt-timberlawn-psych-hospitals-funding-after-judges-ruling.html/

In 2014, Jordan Root admitted his crimes: https://www.scribd.com/doc/266004526/SIM-statement-on-outcome-of-the-investigation-of-Jordan-Root

In 2014, Jordan Root admitted his crimes: https://www.scribd.com/doc/266004526/SIM-statement-on-outcome-of-the-investigation-of-Jordan-Root

For three years (from 2011 to 2014), Root worked for Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas.

Timberlawn officials put kids in harm’s way by hiring Root. The very least they can do now is to seek out and help anyone with information or suspicions about his crimes and beg them to call police and prosecutors. Using news releases, employee announcements and letters to ex-patients, Timberlawn officials should help find and support others who may have been hurt by Root and beg them to call law enforcement.

We urge current and former Timberlawn staff and patients to come forward if they saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or other wrongdoing by Root (or cover ups of Root’s crimes by others at the hospital). Kids will be safer if Root is prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned. And that just might happen if Timberlawn officials and employees act responsibly and aggressively reach out to those he might have assaulted at the facility.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, d[email protected][email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])


Regulators to halt Timberlawn psych hospital’s funding after judge’s ruling

By Reese Dunklin, [email protected]com, August 13, 2015 – Dallas Morning News

Regulators can stop funding a major North Texas psychiatric hospital over unsafe conditions that led to one woman’s death and other patients’ assaults, based on a federal judge’s ruling Thursday night.

The chief executive for Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas said it would appeal the decision. Shelah Adams added that the hospital remained open but was “assessing all matters regarding facility closure” — a move she previously said was possible if funding were cut.

“We are disappointed in the trial court’s ruling and intend to immediately appeal,” Adams said.

Timberlawn had requested  . . .

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