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January 24, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
California officials Monday filed documents in U.S. District Court opposing extended federal oversight of two state mental hospitals, arguing that new leaders have already taken measures to improve patient care and safety. The state attorney general's filing came in response to a scathing U.S. Justice Department portrayal last month of Napa State Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk. Federal attorneys faulted the hospitals for preventable suicides, nursing errors, improper use of restraints and unchecked violence.
August 10, 2005 | Steve Lopez
Ronald Shelton Jr. called his mother, Lori Moore, of Placerville, from inside Napa State Hospital late on the afternoon of Dec. 3. When they were done chatting, he asked her to have his sister Kelly give him a call. Ronald, then 27, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at 18. He ended up in Napa after an assault on his mother. When Kelly called him back that day, he became distraught during a discussion about where he would live if and when he was released.
October 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire believed to have been set by a psychiatric patient engulfed a mental hospital in the village of Randilovshchina, Belarus, killing 30 patients, officials said. One other of the 62 patients was listed as missing. A spokeswoman for President Alexander Lukashenko said authorities suspected the blaze was caused by one of the victims, who had tried to burn the building twice before.
December 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An inmate at Patton State Hospital was found dead in a bathroom late Wednesday, and police have arrested another inmate on suspicion of murder. Law enforcement authorities said Dwight Wenholz, 43, was choked and slammed to the floor during an assault at the state mental hospital by fellow inmate Samuel G. Galindo, who was arrested. Police described Wenholz as a long-term inmate committed for making bomb threats. Police said Wenholz and Galindo had had a long-running dispute.
October 31, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Citing poor supervision at a West Hills psychiatric hospital where two teenage patients were assaulted, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is planning to strip the private facility of its ability to treat some patients, officials said Wednesday. Under such a mandate, Pine Grove Hospital would lose its ability to detain and treat mentally ill patients admitted involuntarily, said David Meyer, the agency's chief deputy director.
March 9, 1986 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
In the 1950s, Camarillo State Hospital, like most mental institutions of the day, was a massive warehouse for the mentally ill, its drab wards bulging with more than 7,000 patients, most of them committed for years or for life. Crowding was so severe that many patients were forced to sleep on mattresses in hallways and to wait in line to use bathrooms or exercise areas, veteran employees said. Little effort was spent on treatment.
January 29, 1986 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
San Diego County's troubled mental health program on Tuesday got a budget boost described by one county official as what was needed to run a "first-class facility." The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously without discussion to approve a $700,000 increase for the county's Hillcrest and Loma Portal mental hospitals. The money will pay for 62 new employee positions, from psychiatrists to nurses to record keepers.
August 3, 1985 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Citing frustration with his failure to recruit psychiatrists, the interim medical director of the county's troubled mental health hospital abruptly resigned Friday, a month after he took the job in an effort to improve conditions at the much-criticized Hillcrest facility. Dr. Thomas Henley returned Friday to his former post as a staff psychiatrist at the county's mental health center in Oceanside.
April 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
John W. Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to kill President Reagan, may begin to take supervised day trips from the mental hospital where he has been confined since 1982. A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider approval of the trips. Over opposition from federal prosecutors, Hinckley won court permission in January for supervised trips away from St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
March 12, 1989 | MASHA HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
A group of American psychiatrists who spent two weeks trying to determine if the Soviet Union has stopped incarcerating dissidents in mental hospitals said Saturday that Soviet officials tried to discourage some patients from talking to them and were slow to produce medical records. But they praised their Soviet hosts for permitting free access to the hospitals they wanted to tour, and a delegation leader called the visit "definitely a step forward in our mutual relations."
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