Washington University announced Friday that the allegations made by an employee of its St. Louis center for transgender people in February were "unsubstantiated."
The statement was made after an eight-week investigation of the allegations. Whistleblower Jamie Reed claimed that the center did not do its due diligence in thoroughly assessing patients before moving forward with treatment, and would disregard parents' rights. Reed said that the center gave medication to children before making sure they understood its effects.
WashU announced Friday that the physicians and staff of the center treat their patients in accordance with the current accepted standard of care as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other nationally recognized organisations.
It also stated that some changes will be made.
The University stated that "while not based upon deviations from standard practice or adverse outcomes to patients, it has determined that an improved and more formalized process to document parental consent and obtain custody documentation at the Center is warranted. It also believes that the University must take a more organized response to requests for public engagement in the matter of transgender health care." The University has made a commitment to make these adjustments.
The university said that it would also be analyzing the impact on transgender children, and adults who are seeking medical treatment. It called these procedures 'experimental,' and claimed they needed'substantial safeguards'.
Bailey investigates the WashU Center.
Currently, lawmakers in the state are looking into banning some transgender medical care.
The Missouri Independent reported that differences between the state House of Representatives and Senate over how strict to make a ban against certain transgender medical care, could hurt the chances for these proposals as the Missouri legislative sessions nears its conclusion.