Hospital: State policy on mentally ill ‘misguided’

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts hospital under scrutiny for releasing a man who hours later fatally stabbed two people and injured several others says state policy that governs the way it handles psychiatric patients is “misguided.”

The family of Arthur DaRosa says he was depressed and suicidal when he was admitted to Morton Hospital in Taunton on Monday. He was released Tuesday morning and that evening fatally stabbed an 80-year-old woman in her home and a 56-year-old teacher dining out with his wife.

Morton spokeswoman Julie Masci said in a statement the hospital is barred by federal law from acknowledging patient names or disclosing patient information.

The statement said the “current policy mandating that the evaluation process must be carried out by a third party state contractor is misguided,” and if the state-contracted agency responsible for conducting evaluations had requested admission to a psychiatric bed, there were beds available.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s