The U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Justice Department has asked a judge to extend federal oversight of two state mental hospitals, saying the facilities have failed to comply with critical provisions of a sweeping consent judgment imposed more than five years ago.
Extended U.S. oversight sought for two Calif. mental hospitals
In a filing late last week night, federal officials detailed key failings at Napa State Hospital and Norwalk's Metropolitan State Hospital: preventable suicides, nursing errors leading to unnecessary suffering, improper use of some restraints and a failure to adequately analyze and prevent violence.
"People confined in these two hospitals have died or suffered serious harm, and will remain at an unreasonable risk of serious harm, including death, absent further orders from this Court," federal attorneys wrote, adding that "both those residing and those working" at the facilities "are seriously assaulted on a continuing basis."
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