A state-run children's psychiatric center is the focus of an investigation after the center experienced eight suicide attempts in eight months, one of which ended in the death of a pregnant teen.
Public health inspectors, on multiple occasions, found that the facility allowed vulnerable patients to be left in "immediate jeopardy".
The investigation surrounding the death of the pregnant teen pointed to inadequate staff care, including the failure to conduct a face-to-face dialogue during a scheduled observation check. In fact, the center's overall clinical treatment of the patient was minimal, despite the teen's history of suicide attempts.
The agency responsible for overseeing the psychiatric center responded to inspection reports by authorizing an outside review of procedures, adding to staff, upgrading equipment, and improving communication and emergency-response procedures. Josh Kovner "Child Advocate: 6 Suicide Attempts Preceded Pregnant Teen's Death At Psychiatric Center" www.courant.com (Sep. 26, 2018).