North Texas mental health system closes facilities, faces criminal indictment

A North Texas mental health company is shutting down amid a lawsuit claiming administrators held patients against their will.

A law firm for Sundance Behavioral Healthcare System announced Friday the company is financially unable to sustain services.

The company has discharged all patients and surrendered its health license.

Sundance is accused of refusing to allow voluntary patients to leave its Arlington facility and detaining patients for too long without a mandatory court order.

Charges on the 20-count indictment carry a fine of up to $100,000 for each day of the alleged offenses.