Inmate dies at Central State Hospital in Va - wtvr

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An inmate patient Mom

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#42 Mar 13, 2010
Was this individual charge with a crime for PCP? per a post I read.
Did this person, have a court order serve on him while he was in the other hospital?
Was the family aware of the above questions?
One cannot go to a forensic unit, with out a court order from my understanding.
These are questions, one should ask their local courts. Or their attorney, to find out what happen.
My thoughts, are as follows. Due to hippa laws, family were not inform.Nor was this individual in a condition to give consent, to be able for his family to ask questions.
So much, is cover up by saying this is HIPPA laws.
From my understanding, one is kept in a civil unit
and later transfer over to forensic unit if a court order is pending on a restoration of a patient mental status.
I thought maybe, this might help the parents to find out how their son even was sent to CSH - Forensic Unit.
THORAZINE

Chester, VA

#43 Mar 13, 2010
Direct staffs are not at fault. The treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, social worker, psychologist' OT/RT, Unit Nurse Supervisors (2) are responsible are they are in-charge of decisions. I am sure that they are aware of the potential violent behavior of the killer but chose not to do anything and leave the responsibility to the innocent direct staffs . They could have transferred the victim to a less aggressive unit. The unit he was on houses the most aggressive inmates/patients in the Forensic unit .

Yes, Central State will cover and hide any informations related to this case, to make it look like everything was perfect. The Central State way...
ANGRY AND CONFUSED

Bryans Road, MD

#44 Mar 13, 2010
First of all he was court ordered with a Restoration Order. I agree he should have been sent to a less aggressive unit. I was told that he was in good hands by the treatment team. I was also told that I needed not worry about Justin. Well somebody lied to me. Justin was a very handsome, caring, loving young person who had a future ahead of him. I can't believe that this has happened to us. My son had a drug problem, yes, which brought about several youthful errors in his life but NONE OF THESE CHARGES were serious enough to have sent him to the forensic unit of Central State. Again he was not a FELON. My son was innocent, and murdered. He was a victim in the full sense of the word. He was due to come home on the 8th of March. Now that will never happen. Over 100 persons came to Justin's candle light service and up to 500 persons attended Justin's going home service and this speaks volumes to his character. At the end of the day, Justin was murdered in a State Institution.
Anonymous in Richmond

Richmond, VA

#45 Mar 14, 2010
I want to first state that I sympathize with the lost of this young man! There however is another question to be asked...why was this young man sent to a ward which housed the most violent behaved inmate/patients? This now put some ownerness on CSH. If that is the only reason that he was sent there,(drug abuse) then I agree he should have been in a different ward. There is no way he should have or would have ended up in that ward unless he displayed some type of violent behavior somewhere along the intact process. With that being said...not too bring anymore pain to the family...but some other isues that need to be checked out! My prayers are with the family that you all will get a Godspeed resolve to an unfortunate and untimely incident!

Since: Jan 10

Williamsburg, VA

#46 Mar 15, 2010
If you saw what went on in a state run mental institution it would blow your mind. The trouble is, no one wants to look. And as for Thorazine's comments about who's at fault... Treatment teams don't decide where a pt. is to be placed. That's administrations job. And it is the direct care staff's job to ensure their safety by keeping an eye on them which obviously in this case they didn't.
S_Cox

Columbus, OH

#47 Mar 15, 2010
From other reports of the suspect they have identified as resposible for this slaying, he should have been locked up in prison after the attack on the two guards that he made while waiting for a court appearance. He should have never been allowed to "raom" free anywhere. A tragic loss of a young man's life. Justin should have never been transfered to such a facility.
Anonymous in Richmond

Richmond, VA

#48 Mar 15, 2010
The other problem we have as employees there at CSH, we are constantly reminded that this facility is not a Prison it's a Hospital, thus giving these inmate/patients more rights than they should have. They are supposed to be treated as patients and not inmates...regardless of the crimes they have committed. There are numerous assaults of these inmate/patients on staff at this facility and no public outcry of sympathy for the staff...we are human too!
Lee

Richmond, VA

#49 Mar 15, 2010
Anonymous in Richmond wrote:
The other problem we have as employees there at CSH, we are constantly reminded that this facility is not a Prison it's a Hospital, thus giving these inmate/patients more rights than they should have. They are supposed to be treated as patients and not inmates...regardless of the crimes they have committed. There are numerous assaults of these inmate/patients on staff at this facility and no public outcry of sympathy for the staff...we are human too!
Say it again! Say it again! Say it again! But you can't! Don't forget the disclosure as an employee you have to sign. That is when you the employee sign your rights away.
An inmate patient MOM

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#50 Mar 16, 2010
What we need is change,I know at this time it so hard on his family. They are in my thoughts and prays.
Advocates, can change the law. As far as the posted employees comments who work at CSH. Help make your job easier. It is stressful, I use to be in CORRECTIONS. I see both sides.
Change need to happen, and mental health laws need to move forward with change. No one is exempt from
having a mental health problem.
Contact Dept.of justice ( US )
Contact your VOPA in your area.
Contact your local Mental Health
Contact your General Assemly = your delegates.
In other words, people you can talk that talk, but actually you need to walk it and ADVOCATE.

Sure it is good to vent, but put it in action as well.

Since: Jan 10

Williamsburg, VA

#51 Mar 16, 2010
An inmate patient MOM wrote:
What we need is change,I know at this time it so hard on his family. They are in my thoughts and prays.
Advocates, can change the law. As far as the posted employees comments who work at CSH. Help make your job easier. It is stressful, I use to be in CORRECTIONS. I see both sides.
Change need to happen, and mental health laws need to move forward with change. No one is exempt from
having a mental health problem.
Contact Dept.of justice ( US )
Contact your VOPA in your area.
Contact your local Mental Health
Contact your General Assemly = your delegates.
In other words, people you can talk that talk, but actually you need to walk it and ADVOCATE.
Sure it is good to vent, but put it in action as well.
Agreed that it needs to change. What are some specific suggestions?
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#52 Mar 16, 2010
CaptainNice wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed that it needs to change. What are some specific suggestions?
We can start off by locking you UP down there. Thats where all rebel flag waving racists need to be.
ANGRY AND CONFUSED

Bryans Road, MD

#53 Mar 16, 2010
Central State Hospital Findings Letter written to Governor George Allen on June 30, 1997 found on US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division investigated by CRIPA

MINIMUM REMEDIAL MEASURES


I. Protection From Harm


1. Central State must provide a safe environment for its patients. Staff members should adequately monitor and safeguard the patients, especially those with histories of exhibiting behaviors that cause injuries to themselves or others. Patients also must be protected from being victimized by other aggressive patients.


2. Central State should employ sufficient trained, independent investigators to ensure that all incidents of abuse, serious injury or unexpected death are adequately investigated.


3. Central State should develop and implement adequate suicide prevention measures, including initial assessment protocols and a sufficient number of qualified staff to adequately supervise suicidal patients.


4. The physical plant of the Forensic Unit needs to be modified to ensure the safety and well being of Central State patients and staff.


5. Central State should hire and deploy a sufficient number of qualified direct care and professional staff necessary to provide patients with adequate supervision and medical and psychiatric treatment.


6. Physician orders for enhanced supervision must be communicated to appropriate staff and implemented.
ANGRY AND CONFUSED

Bryans Road, MD

#54 Mar 16, 2010
Check out The Department of Justice's website the Civil Rights Division CRIPA investigated Central State and sent the findings to Governor George Allen on June 30, 1997 there is more.

These facts demonstrate that Central State residents are at serious risk of harm and have suffered harm, in violation of their basic rights, due to the facility's failure to provide adequate staffing, supervision and treatment.


B. Unsafe and Inadequate Physical Conditions


The physical plant of the Forensic Unit is dangerous and compromises the welfare and safety of patients residing there. The Unit has too many patients, too little space and numerous blind spots. Moreover, temperature control and ventilation problems pose a health risk to patients who receive psychotropic medications that impair their ability to regulate internal body temperature. In addition, the nurses' station does not have adequate sight lines to allow adequate supervision of patients. Such poor environmental and physical conditions subject Central State patients, as well as staff, to serious risks to their personal safety and well being.
Change Policy

Bryans Road, MD

#55 Mar 16, 2010
Central State Hospital Findings Letter sent to Governor George Allen on June 30, 1997 and investigation was done by CRIPA I will send other findings. It's all on the US Department of Justice's website the Civil Rights Division.

MINIMUM REMEDIAL MEASURES


I. Protection From Harm


1. Central State must provide a safe environment for its patients. Staff members should adequately monitor and safeguard the patients, especially those with histories of exhibiting behaviors that cause injuries to themselves or others. Patients also must be protected from being victimized by other aggressive patients.


2. Central State should employ sufficient trained, independent investigators to ensure that all incidents of abuse, serious injury or unexpected death are adequately investigated.


3. Central State should develop and implement adequate suicide prevention measures, including initial assessment protocols and a sufficient number of qualified staff to adequately supervise suicidal patients.


4. The physical plant of the Forensic Unit needs to be modified to ensure the safety and well being of Central State patients and staff.


5. Central State should hire and deploy a sufficient number of qualified direct care and professional staff necessary to provide patients with adequate supervision and medical and psychiatric treatment.


6. Physician orders for enhanced supervision must be communicated to appropriate staff and implemented.
Change Policy

Bryans Road, MD

#56 Mar 16, 2010
More findings by the CRIPA investigation on Central State Hospital letter sent to Governor George Allen on June 30, 1997

During our investigation, we found numerous conditions that lead us to conclude that constitutional and federal statutory rights of Central State patients are being violated. As detailed below, a major cause of many of these deficiencies is that Central State has an insufficient number of adequately trained professional and direct care staff to meet the needs of patients. The facts that support our findings of unlawful and unconstitutional conditions at Central State Hospital are set forth below, followed by the remedial actions that we believe are necessary to remedy these conditions.

I. Central State Is Failing To Ensure The Reasonable Safety Of Its Patients


A. Inadequate Protection From Injuries, Dangerous Behaviors, and Abuse


The facility's incident reports and special abuse investigations reveal a high level of injuries and dangerous situations that place patients at risk of harm. Patients are injured repeatedly due to self-injurious behavior and aggressive acts of other patients. Many of these incidents are preventable and reflect systemic deficiencies at Central State including lack of adequate staffing, failure to supervise patients, and inadequate assessment and treatment of mental illness, particularly patients with behavioral problems.


Central State does not provide needed treatment to abate or eliminate these behaviors. For example, in the period just prior to our tour, one patient engaged in almost daily incidents of self-injurious behavior, including banging his head on the wall, hitting his face with his fist, punching a wall, and assaulting others on a regular basis. Our experts concluded that this patient did not have an appropriate treatment plan to address his serious behavior problems. Another patient with numerous incidents of self-injurious behavior was characterized by staff as "merely seeking attention," resulting in her behaviors largely being ignored, rather than treated.


The lack of supervision is prevalent throughout the hospital. It is not uncommon, for example, for nearly half the acute admissions ward, approximately 76 patients, to be on "high risk status" necessitating staff observation at least every fifteen minutes. In order to be placed on this status, a physician must determine that the patient poses a special risk because the patient is suicidal or homicidal, presents an elopement or arson risk, or requires special precautions. Despite the potential for serious harm posed by each of these conditions, Central State does not provide adequate staffing to carry out the physicians' orders for enhanced supervision. As a result, Central State patients fail to receive the professional judgments by qualified professionals that is necessary to their care.


In addition to inadequate supervision on the acute admissions ward, our experts found the lack of supervision and potential for harm particularly significant on the Forensic Unit, which houses the most aggressive, assaultive and self-injurious patients. Incident reports document numerous injuries to these high-risk patients as a result of not being monitored adequately.

Since: Jan 10

Williamsburg, VA

#57 Mar 17, 2010
Every state hospital has these problems. The fact is that Central office knows and is not interested.
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#58 Mar 17, 2010
CaptainNice wrote:
Every state hospital has these problems. The fact is that Central office knows and is not interested.
When did they let you escape?
An inmate patient MOM

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#59 Mar 17, 2010
Great research Angry and confused!Caption Nice,
the reason they don't care? It is a money making business. Taking humans in,for the science of it all.Change Policy - should be call Justin Law.

There, will be a change. Long time coming I might add.As an advocate for years. I knew who to contact when my son was in CSH - forensic unit.
My son wasn't a convicted felon either, nor did he understand why he was in there.He is mentally disable.His local Community Service Board let him slip thru the cracks. The doctor, didn't do their
job. They had him on two many meds.high turn over of staff.Later, resulting into a domestic between two brothers.Snow balling into a simple assault charge.Just to share this with you, he went to court, case dismiss. He wasn't restoreable.
The whole time my son was in CSH - forensic, I research, and I call in Virginia Protection of advocancy.( vopa )If it wasn't for their present
and my calling their experts, and attending team meetings.( which most family have no clue when they are holding one )My son could have ended up like Justin and many other patients.
Justin - MOM, keep on researching and keep on advocating, you are doing this with conviction.
Change Policy, should be name JUSTIN LAW!
Take care of yourself, so you can continue on this journey.

God Bless

Since: Jan 10

Williamsburg, VA

#60 Mar 18, 2010
An inmate patient MOM wrote:
Great research Angry and confused!Caption Nice,
the reason they don't care? It is a money making business. Taking humans in,for the science of it all.Change Policy - should be call Justin Law.
There, will be a change. Long time coming I might add.As an advocate for years. I knew who to contact when my son was in CSH - forensic unit.
My son wasn't a convicted felon either, nor did he understand why he was in there.He is mentally disable.His local Community Service Board let him slip thru the cracks. The doctor, didn't do their
job. They had him on two many meds.high turn over of staff.Later, resulting into a domestic between two brothers.Snow balling into a simple assault charge.Just to share this with you, he went to court, case dismiss. He wasn't restoreable.
The whole time my son was in CSH - forensic, I research, and I call in Virginia Protection of advocancy.( vopa )If it wasn't for their present
and my calling their experts, and attending team meetings.( which most family have no clue when they are holding one )My son could have ended up like Justin and many other patients.
Justin - MOM, keep on researching and keep on advocating, you are doing this with conviction.
Change Policy, should be name JUSTIN LAW!
Take care of yourself, so you can continue on this journey.
God Bless
Money is part of it, but it's not because the state makes money. In fact it's much cheaper to keep them in jail. Those that do make money are the drug companies and other doctors who get unneccesary referrals. Lot of waste in these places. People in central office don't care because they're distanced from it and people that work in these places who try to change anything are rebuked and targeted for disrupting the "machine". But you're right about advocating. They will pay attention to advocates and active family members.
An inmate patient MOM

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#61 Mar 18, 2010
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