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Lawsuit alleges state hospital kept patients isolated nearly all day for more than a year

Friday, September 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Four patients at a Montana State Hospital facility at Galen are suing the state and several hospital staff, claiming they were subjected to long-term isolation nearly 24 hours a day for more than a year, Lee Newspapers of Montana reports.

The patients are represented by Disability Rights Montana, a Helena organization that is the federally-mandated civil rights protection and advocacy system for the state. It has the legal authority to represent almost any person with a disability.

The suit says the patients suffered extreme psychological and emotional harm.