Could Alaska Psychiatric Institute Have Prevented an Attack on a 7-Year-Old? (KTVA.com Exclusive)
After pleas for psychiatric help, why wasn't Byron Syvinski institutionalized?
“Patients are released from API when they no longer meet medical necessity criteria and the psychiatrist and treatment team believe treatment in an acute care setting has been completed,” said Adler. “Patients are always discharged with a referral and aftercare plan with a community provider.”
At the end of the day API is a place that Adler is “proud” to be a part of.
For Syvinski, his non-admission to API was a missed opportunity for a chance to heal and be a part of a program that could have prevented a near-tragic event.
Syvinski now faces seven charges, including two for first-degree assault and one for first-degree robbery.
And young Am-Marie Martin lives with the trauma every day. Was she let down by a system that failed her attacker, one who had repeatedly cried out for help?