Data: Assault rate rising at state psychiatric hospital
Aug. 09, 2017
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Newly released state data shows Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital patients assaulted and injured 13 fellow patients and 12 employees during the year's first quarter — just as the facility reached its highest capacity yet.
That puts that facility on course to exceed the 66 reported assaults that occurred in 2016.
Carl Herman, director of mental health advocacy for the state Public Defender's office, tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2uoV5AI ) that he's been told the atmosphere in the Parsippany facility is "prison-like, with the most violent patients running things."
Greystone's CEO is currently on extended medical leave. Herman says there's a huge leadership vacuum impacting employee morale.
Acting Human Services Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly says the state will be expediting the discharging of medically cleared patients to help reduce overcrowding.
Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com