State Senator speaks out on alleged abuse at psychiatric facility

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HARTFORD - Arrest warrants for nine employees at Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital allege a repeated pattern of abuse against a patient last week.

State Rep. Heather Somers held a news conference Tuesday afternoon on the alleged abuses that took place at the state-funded psychiatric facility after a letter from the Public Health Committee, co-chaired by  Somers, was sent to the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The patient at the center of the abuse is a 62-year-old man who’s treatment orders called for a two-on-one staff to patient ration and 24-hour a day supervision.  There was video camera located in his room for patient monitoring.

Time line of abuse from arrest warrants: 

Nine staff members were arrested in early September following a state police investigation into the matter.

Excerpts from warrants

Arrest warrants: