An investigation into allegations of patient abuse at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital has now reached the top levels.
The state has just confirmed to us that Whiting's acting director and director of nursing have both been put on administrative leave in connection the investigation. That brings the total number of employees on leave to 22.
Sources tell NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters that staff at Whiting Forensic, which treats patients in both maximum and medium security settings, were told today that the two were put on indefinite leave. This all concerns allegations of abuse against a patient, or patients at Whiting.
Not everyone on leave is accused of committing the abuse and some may have been mandated reporters that failed to act, sources said.
The state said it is prepared to take action against these employees if the accusations are confirmed, including termination. Sources add the evidence includes surveillance video from inside the maximum security portion of the psychiatric hospital.