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Psychiatric center in trouble for violating patient rights

Vt Digger - - 8:58 am Thu Aug 21st, 2014

In late May a patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and was coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state.

Federal law allows patients to be held in restraints for up to four hours with a written order from a physician. The patient, who was "angry ... agitated and grossly delusional" and "threatening to assault staff," was held in restraints from roughly 6 p.m. on May 27 until 5:47 a.m. the following morning.

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