First Monitor's Report Issued in Delaware Psychiatric Olmstead Case
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Delaware has made "significant advances" in its efforts to transform the Delaware Psychiatric Center, but its byzantine bureaucratic structure cripples significant reform and widespread ignorance of the rights of those with disabilities often prevents effective, efficient care.
So says mental health expert Robert Bernstein in his first report on Delaware's response to problems uncovered by a federal investigation into abuses and mismanagement at the state-run psychiatric hospital. The report comes six months after the state reached settlement terms with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, which found the state had violated the civil rights of DPC patients by failing to provide services that would allow them to live in less-restrictive environments.