- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Two Arizona Department of Health Services executives who were put on administrative leave last month are no longer employed by the state.

It was unclear Thursday if Arizona State Hospital CEO Donna Noriega and former DHS director Cory Nelson were fired or resigned their jobs.

DHS officials announced May 15 that Noriega and Nelson had been placed on leave.

That followed allegations that severely mentally ill patients at the hospital were sexually abused, that there was no internal investigation or reporting to outside authorities and the state withheld public records and only released documents after a court order.

Nelson was replaced as DHS director last month when Gov. Doug Ducey named Dr. Cara Christ to run the agency.

Christ has launched an independent investigation into the hospital.



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