Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Missouri hospital worker "troubled" by death of mentally ill patient

The Missouri Department of Mental Health is investigating the death of Timothy Davis at DePaul Health Center, a privately run facility in Bridgeton Missouri.

On January 8, Jessie Thompson, another mentally disabled man, died in a private facility, shortly after taking a shower.

The death occurs at a time when family members are calling for publicly run habitation centers for the mentally ill to remain open.

Betty Coll, a longtime advocate for the mentally disabled, wrote a letter to Dorn Schuffman, Director Missouri Department of Mental Health, in which she asked 9 questions, which included :
  • Why is this happening?
  • Where is the evidence this will save money?
But critics of the department say Ms. Coll's questions were never adequately answered.

see comments of Betty Coll


(1) Tuft, Carolyn. "Feds' inquiry in Ga. mental hospitals could take months." St Louis Post-Dispatch 01 February 2008. 12 February 2008 <http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/37F4429B868A2C07862573E20002B2AE?OpenDocument>.

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