Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Center
5230 6th Street Frontage Rd E, Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 585-4747
Fax: (217) 585-4747
Privately Owned Hospital
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center
Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Ctr
Parking: Lot, Free
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Services: Children's Facility, Substance Abuse, Psych Only
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I visited Lincoln Prairie for the first time when I was 15 (2014/2015 I can't quite remember the year). This was also my first time being hospitalized for my mental health. The first time I was there I was on the girls floor and it was horrible. It was disgusting...girls would throw pads onto the ceilings in bathrooms and smear them on walls, many girls there were EXTREMELY violent and delusional and I was scared every day and I never felt safe. I was going through a very very dark and rough period of my life for about 2 years.The only staff member who actually treated me decent was, Karma. She was like the mother to us and she made us feel slightly better when we were having really bad days. Heidi was funny at times and was good at making us laugh but she was also extremely rude. I have many physical and mental health disorders and one of my physical health problems is a genetic disorder that causes me to dislocate my joints frequently and I have learned how to put them back in place because I have dealt with this since I was 8 years old but it still is extremely painful. There was one point when we were doing an exercise group and Heidi was the leader of it and it already was a type of exercise that is very difficult for my body. While I was exercising one of my knees dislocated and I put in back in but I stood up and asked Heidi if I could get an ice pack for my leg and she basically laughed and made me feel like I just was being lazy and didn't want to exercise because I am overweight which was not the case. Later when I called my mom to vent about it Heidi was laughing and was yelling at me while I am on the phone that I shouldn't tell my mom about what happened so I don't worry her. Bridget was also amazing when she was working there. She is such a wonderful woman and we felt like she truly cared about us. So that first time I visited LP I was in there for 2 weeks I think but I basically lied to get out because I hated how I was treated. 2 days later I attempted to kill myself again and I had to be sent back. This time it was for 32 days and I was on the co ed(boys and girls) MISA floor. It was terrible. There was another patient who was a boy there and he was there for nearly the whole time I was in there. He sexually assaulted me, manipulated me, made me feel like dirt and like I was nothing and like he owned me because I couldn't get out of that prison/hospital. He told me if I told anybody he would spread rumors about me to all the other patients on the floor. There was another girl in there that I got really close with and she kept encouraging me to tell someone and so I finally worked up enough courage to tell a staff member what was going on and she didn't believe me at all. I suffered days and days of mind torture and him groping me and feeling me. The staff never even noticed and it's not like they actually would have cared or done something about it if they knew. We would sit around a table and play card games and he told me to sit next to him and I was scared so I did. The chairs we had were big and comfortable and no one noticed during any of the card games we played together the times he grabbed me or if my hands were under the table how he would slowly grab my hand and place it on his thigh. I was disgusted. There were times on the girls floor when they literally would get so many girls in there that there would be mattresses on the floor in the hallway. I have been home schooled my whole life and I have always had friends and social interaction but I had never had such disgusting and horrible experiences like this. There were even staff members that teased me when I was having panic attacks because they felt I was over reacting. Since I have been to LP I have been diagnosed with PTSD due to events that happened to me and things that I saw while in there.
Many of the staff members are rude. Group classes are out of control and patients are put with other patients who are much more severe than others and teach bad habits. Medicate all patients. Parents have no control over children while they're here. Horrible place. I regret sending my daughter and will tell you not to send your child. My daughter came home with worse problems then when she left.
they will lie to you thin con you into leaving it kid there an thin threaten to take you to court! then tell u that u neglect it kid an call DCFS on you...my son now curses! I will never send him there again ever! they will not allow him to call home...they drove a wedge between my son an his family! Bad Bad place!