By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
State investigators cited serious abuse of child patients and leadership instability when they downgraded the license of a Staunton psychiatric care facility that is seeking to expand, according to records obtained by The News Virginian.
The state Health Department referenced the 2009 license downgrade in a report last week in which staff recommended against Liberty Point’s expansion on Montgomery Avenue. The private facility cares for mentally retarded males ages 13 to 22 and wants to add a four-bed inpatient care center to treat children with severe mental health diagnoses.
Liberty Point staff failed to prevent fights among teenage patients that led to broken bones and bloody noses, left unattended boys to engage in sexual acts and used improper holds during restraints, among other violations, according to four years’ worth of investigation reports obtained under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
Allegations of abuse at Liberty Point rose from one claim in 2006 to 53 in 2008 and 61 in 2009, according to records from the Office of Human Rights, which investigates claims along with the Office of Licensing within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
In 2008, 12 of 53 allegations were determined founded. In 2009, 44 of 61 were founded.
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