- Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An employee at the state security hospital in St. Peter has been cited for maltreatment after giving a patient a powerful drug and tricking the patient into thinking it was a milder medication.

An internal report by the state Department of Human Services issued this week said the patient was given a dose of the anti-psychotic Haldol last January but was misled into believing it was Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug. The patient had agreed to take a calming medication during bouts of manic behavior but objected to Haldol because it was too sedating.

The Star Tribune reported Friday (http://strib.mn/1tub7Nq ) that the worker was not fired, but was warned that a second substantiated case of maltreatment would trigger disqualification from work in the state Human Services system.

“We shouldn’t, we can’t, ever trick patients,” Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry told the newspaper. “We need to ask ourselves, ‘Would I want to be treated this way? No.’”

Last week, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson ordered a “tidal wave of training” to transform the culture and attitudes of staff and management at St. Peter, the state’s largest mental health facility. She extended the conditional status of the hospital’s operating license through 2016 as a result of the beating death of a patient.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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