- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) - A lawmaker is calling for a review of the state civil commitment process after a female staff member at the Minnesota Security Hospital was beaten by a 16-year-old patient.

Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato tells KTOE radio (http://bit.ly/1O6zSKV ) that the state should examine its commitment process to make sure it’s not committing people who really belong in prison.

Among other things, Sheran says violent patients may be required to take medication, but those who haven’t had a special hearing - called a Jarvis hearing - can refuse meds. Sheran says the Jarvis hearing and civil commitment hearings should be aligned to ensure due process and speed up the process.

Sheran also says the state should review hospital staffing levels and the placement of patients who may be prone to violence.


Information from: KTOE-AM, http://www.ktoe.com



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