The attorneys argue that their clients’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act are secondary to concerns of public safety.
Task force co-chair says it will be a “long process” to replace the 50-year-old building.
The Whiting Task Force blocked out eight hours for a public hearing. They only needed one.
Understaffing, a dearth of programming for substance abuse and a shortage of community beds are recurring concerns raised by patients.
They’re holding public input meetings before they give lawmakers a set of recommendations to improve patient treatment and working conditions.
Courts’ use of competency exams increased while the criminal docket shrunk between 2015 and 2019.
Another investigation of Whiting Forensic, a state-run psychiatric facility, calls for significant reforms.
“I think the biggest problem that we had was that if we were to give any sort of advice, we’d like to be informed,” Board chairman William Wynne said. “And we were never informed.”