Bullying, disrespect and low morale were all common sentiments reflected by those who participated.
Spurred by urgent demands that horrific abuse at Whiting Forensic never happen again, the state House of Representatives unanimously gave final approval to a series of reforms designed to increase oversight of the facility. The House vote was 148 to 0.
About a year after cruel, ongoing abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was revealed, the legislature’s Public Health Committee has reported out three bills aimed at reforming the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility by increasing transparency and oversight.
The Connecticut Legal Rights Project hopes to force the state to develop a mental health system that has capacity at all levels of care, with a priority for supportive housing, so that institutionalized patients in state psychiatric facilities can be discharged within 90 days after they are deemed ready.