I've experienced a doctor (a pediatric CFS specialist) in the UK trying to have a child sent to a unit which sounds similar in terms of imprisoning a child and trying to limit access to parents. Fortunately she expected to local CAHMS team to actually do what she was suggesting and they didn't. Here excuse was that the child had been ill for too long for it to be CFS. But she said that her original diagnosis was correct and that she had cured the ME (by some leaflets and an occasional phone call from a therapist) and the trauma of being ill had caused a dissociative disorder. The doctor had a reputation for doing that but I suspect she gives a different story in applications for research funding. So there is a unit in London where they do similar things to this case in the US but they use a diagnosis of pervasive refusal syndrome. I've heard various stories including that a one child was denied access to a lawyer.