Violence, deaths trigger Mayview review

Source: By Joe Fahy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), Saturday, June 21, 2008

State mental health officials plan to meet with representatives from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic to discuss the state’s latest investigation of serious incidents involving former Mayview State Hospital patients and other local residents receiving community mental health services.

………. Officials said eight serious incidents, known as “sentinel events,” have triggered investigations since the state announced in August that it plans to close Mayview by the end of this year. Five sentinel events have been investigated since January and three others occurred earlier.

One incident involved a person who set a fire at a Washington County group home and had not been a patient at Mayview, officials said. The other seven sentinel event investigations involved four former Mayview patients who died and three others who were arrested.

…… After announcing Mayview would be closed, the state made the decision to probe sentinel events not only involving former Mayview patients, but others receiving community mental health services in an effort to improve care, Ms. Erney said.