Hawkins v. Vantage Point Behavioral Health, LLC

Full title: GLEN HAWKINS and ROBBIE BLACKMON PLAINTIFFS v. VANTAGE POINT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, LLC and ACADIA HEALTHCARE COMPANY, INC. DEFENDANTS

Court: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE DIVISION

Date published: Dec 2, 2014

Facts

Plaintiffs Glenn Hawkins and Robbie Blackmon worked for several years at Vantage Point, an in-patient psychiatric hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, until their resignation on September 4, 2013. Vantage Point provides services to patients in different units, including children, adults, geriatrics (also called “Geri Psych”), adolescent acute (also called “North Unit”), and adolescent sub-acute (also called “South Unit”). Each unit is staffed with nurses and psychiatric technicians (also called “psych techs”). Vantage Point operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

This hospital was formerly called “Vista Health,” but for simplicity, it is referred to as “Vantage Point” throughout this order.

Hawkins and Blackmon are both African-American males who were employed as psych techs at Vantage Point. Hawkins and Blackmon usually worked in the Adolescent Sub-Acute Unit, but they occasionally also worked in other units. The major function of psych techs at Vantage Point is to ensure that the patients, who suffer from various mental and behavioral problems, do not harm themselves or others.

Issue

Decision

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint (Doc. 23) and Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Amended Statement of Facts (Doc. 27) are denied. Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 17) is GRANTED. The complaint is dismissed with prejudice, and judgment in the defendants’ favor will be entered contemporaneously with this order. Plaintiffs’ Motion in Limine (Doc. 34), Defendants’ Motion in Limine (Doc. 32), Defendants’ Motion for Twelve Person Jury (Doc. 38), and Defendants’ Motion to Take Deposition from Delores Franklin (Doc. 40) are denied as moot.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of December, 2014.

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