Operations overhaul state psychiatric hospitals

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State leaders are overhauling operations at the 10 psychiatric facilities in Texas, including regularly inspecting how well doctors are performing and revamping the way they identify and solve problems.

The move comes five months after federal regulators blamed Terrell State Hospital for the death of a patient. Officials also they have tackled major deficiencies identified during two federal investigations at that hospital, such as substandard nursing care and filthy conditions.

The state has not addressed the lack of independent oversight in the way the hospitals review the death of a patient, but that might happen in the future.

Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Department of State Health Services, tells the Austin American-Statesman that state administrators are exploring ways to bring independent scrutiny to hospital death reviews.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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