Advocacy E-News August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018
BIG CHANGES COMING TO N.J.’S NEGLECTED PUBLIC PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS
On his first day on the job in January, State Health Department Commissioner Shereef Elnahal said that a state psychiatric hospital was on the verge of losing its national accreditation from The Joint Commission. On Friday, he explained how the department averted the crisis at Ann Klein, and detailed a multi-million-dollar 18-month turnaround plan all four publicly funded psychiatric facilities.
The state’s strategy is guided in part by a consultant’s report, also released Friday, which described how the hospitals have deteriorated due to financial neglect, stifling bureaucracy and a lack of focus on treatment.