Hiring freeze at Atascadero State Hospital lifted
April 18, 2011
In response to a dramatic increase in violence at California mental hospitals, Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said Friday that she is lifting the current hiring freeze. [LATimes]
Her decision came a day after she visited Napa State Hospital where two deaths because of violence have occurred during the past six months.
Dooley is looking into the complex problems that plague the state’s five psychiatric facilities where more than 80 percent of patients have been accused or convicted of crimes and a growing number have predatory tendencies.
Despite the state’s acute budget crisis, Dooley said to the LA Times, “I made the decision this week that there are real needs in the state hospitals, and we need to refill positions.”
The first new jobs will be at Napa State Hospital. Jobs will be added at other state hospitals within months.