Judge nixes W.Va. plans for fixing psych hospitals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County judge has rejected a state agency's plan to address issues at West Virginia's two psychiatric hospitals.

The judge on Wednesday rejected proposals submitted by the state Department of Health and Human Resources regarding William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington.

The hospitals have been the focus of an ongoing court case centered on the appropriate treatment of mental-health patients remanded to state care.

Other issues included staffing shortages and noncompetitive wages for workers. One of the proposals included privatizing the facilities.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1l2goN3) reports that the department has been ordered to develop alternate proposals within 10 days.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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