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December 13, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
A Napa State Hospital patient was in custody Sunday after allegedly beating a rehabilitation therapist unconscious in a secluded corner of the psychiatric hospital's grounds, staff members said. The Saturday morning assault left the longtime staff member, a 60-year-old man, hospitalized with four skull fractures, according to a co-worker. The assault comes less than two months after Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled. A patient is facing murder charges in connection with her death.
February 26, 2010 | Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors have amended the criminal complaint against a former state mental hospital director accused of molesting his adopted son to allow alleged victims outside the statute of limitations to testify against him. In the amended complaint filed Thursday, prosecutors said Claude Edward Foulk, the former executive director of Napa State Hospital, molested a different boy, a "foster son," from the age of 9 to 21 from 1973 to 1985. They claimed he also allegedly molested the foster son's 10- or 11-year-old friend, and another friend of a foster child in 1977.
February 21, 2010 | By Jay Jones
On a January afternoon, the temperature hovers in the upper teens, the sky threatening to blanket the coal-rich hills of West Virginia with snow. Inside the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, in the small town of Weston, it's five or 10 degrees colder. The heating hasn't worked since the Weston State Hospital -- as the mental institution was also known -- closed in 1994. The 2 1/2 -foot thick limestone walls provide better insulation than a modern refrigerator. Planning your trip Themed tours of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum , 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, W.Va.
January 14, 2010 | By Lee Romney
A 50-year-old patient at Patton State Hospital has died after hanging himself in his bedroom, officials say, the eighth suicide at the San Bernardino psychiatric facility since the federal government began investigating potential violations of patients' civil rights at state-run mental hospitals in 2002. The Jan. 4 death of Marc Biron, who was described by one fellow patient as "friendly and kind to people," is the third since a consent judgment mandating a wide array of changes was imposed on the hospital in May 2006.
October 22, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Los Angeles County officials agreed this week to the family of a 26-year-old college graduate who committed suicide in a public mental hospital as the staff attended to another patient. UCLA graduate Jorge Alarcon, 26, was admitted to a Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center mental hospital in Rosemead last year after his parents worried that he had become psychotic. About a month later, he hanged himself with a T-shirt in his hospital bathroom on June 2, 2008. It was his third suicide attempt while at the hospital, and he had been placed on suicide watch two days before he killed himself, according to his family.
December 27, 2008 | Associated Press
Fresno County leaders are set to meet next month to consider closing the region's only 24-hour psychiatric treatment center. County health officials say the closure would save the county $2.5 million as its mental health department faces a budget shortfall. With no similar urgent care centers in neighboring counties, family members of the mentally ill say the closure would leave them with few options. They say the burden would shift to police and hospital emergency room staff, who lack adequate training for psychiatric emergencies.
August 22, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Celebrity physician Drew Pinsky on Thursday defended a Pasadena psychiatric hospital that has come under scrutiny for the unexpected deaths of three patients and the rape of a teenage girl in the last five months. "It's an excellent hospital," said Pinsky, the co-medical director of the chemical dependency program at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, a favorite of Hollywood celebrities. State health inspectors have investigated and faulted the hospital's care in the first two deaths, which occurred within two days in April.
March 18, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's neuropsychiatric hospital has banned all cellphones and laptop computers after a patient posted group photos of other patients on a social networking website, officials confirmed Monday. Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, said in a statement that the decision was part of "UCLA Health System's ongoing efforts to enhance patient privacy and confidentiality in compliance with California's patient rights law."
March 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
State officials say they are banning relatives from visiting a state hospital that treats sex offenders while police investigate reports of smuggling. A spokeswoman for Coalinga State Hospital says visitation was canceled from Friday through Monday so hospital police could look into claims that visitors were smuggling drugs, electronics and weapons into the facility. The state Department of Mental Health houses sexually violent predators in Coalinga after they finish their prison sentences under a procedure called civil detainment, in which criminals can be held indefinitely after completing their sentences if they are still considered a threat.
February 14, 2008 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military said Wednesday it was holding the administrator of a psychiatric hospital on suspicion that he may have helped insurgents find mentally disabled women to carry bombs that devastated two Baghdad markets this month. The Feb. 1 blasts, which Iraqi officials said killed 99 people, marked the worst violence to hit the capital since a buildup of U.S. troops was completed in June. The day after the attacks, U.S.
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