Widespread Mistreatment of Mentally Ill Reported

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago June 11, 2006 Jun 11, 2006 Sunday, June 11 2006 Sunday, June 11, 2006 9:54:20 PM CDT in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some disturbing revelations Sunday on the scope of abuse of the state's mentally ill. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated widespread mistreatment in 19 large state institutions for the mentally retarded and mentally ill and hundreds of smaller group homes. The paper says there have been nearly 2,300 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect of residents since 2000. Those resulted in 323 injuries and 21 deaths. Among the deaths were residents who drowned, choked and drank turpentine. The paper reports that the facilities broke the law more than half the time by not notifying authorities of serious allegations of mistreatment.

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