The state tells the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters some employees at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown have been taken off the job following allegations of patient abuse.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services confirmed that employees have been removed from their duties pending an investigation. The department said the 11 employees involved were taken off the job, with pay, as the investigation proceeds.
Whiting handles patients who were found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges including murder, rape and other crimes.
The state would not say who reported the abuse, or when or where at Whiting it happened.
The state did say if the allegations are substantiated the employees may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.
Read the full statement from DMHAS here:
“The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is currently investigating allegations of patient abuse by staff at Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital. The staff who are the subjects of the investigation have been removed from their duties pending the results of the investigation. The Department takes allegations of abuse very seriously and is committed to conducting a complete and thorough investigation. If the allegations are substantiated, the employees will go through the appropriate disciplinary process, and may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from State Service.”