Articles Tagged With ‘Atascadero State Hospital’

ASH patient accused of attempted rape

A patient at the Atascadero State Hospital was arrested for the attempted rape of a hospital employee, kidnapping and indecent exposure. At about 11:30 a.m. on September 6, hospital officials said Leroy Parker, 35, assaulted an unnamed employee.  Her coworkers... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee: Violent ASH assault could have been prevented

Senator Sam Blakeslee said the violent assault of a female psychiatric technician at Atascadero State Hospital should have been prevented. “The violent beating of a female psych tech on Wednesday night could have, and should have, been avoided,” Sen. Sam... (Continue reading)

Employee attacked at Atascadero State Hospital

An Atascadero State Hospital employee was assaulted Monday, according to the California State Department of Mental Health. Mental Health officials said the employee was in stable condition, but could not provide further details about the assault at this time. After... (Continue reading)

Hiring freeze at Atascadero State Hospital lifted

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... (Continue reading)

Alarming increase in attacks on ASH workers

Violent attacks against employees and patients at Atascadero State Hospital (ASH) has risen 36 percent since 2006 despite a new federal treatment plan that was intended to curb the assaults, according to state and federal documents. NPR Records show violence... (Continue reading)

Violence increases at California state hospitals

Three Sacramento lawmakers, including state Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) are pressing for significant changes to make state mental hospitals safer. [LA Times] The new call stems from the slaying of a Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician two months... (Continue reading)

Dog busts Atascadero State Hospital pot party

By KAREN VELIE A canine police officer is being credited with busting a group of patients at Atascadero State Hospital for allegedly smoking marijuana on Jan. 5. After the canine officer discovered a group of patients that smelled of marijuana, two patients... (Continue reading)

Murdered ASH patient worried about alleged killer who just lost major court appeal

By DANIEL BLACKBURN The man suspected of strangling a fellow Atascadero State Hospital (ASH) patient to death with a towel over the weekend was on the losing end of an important, recent California Fourth District Court of Appeal decision upholding the... (Continue reading)

Civil rights violation will cost ASH (and you) a grand

Two Atascadero State Hospital employees violated a patient’s Constitutional rights in 2004, a federal judge ruled in December. ... (Continue reading)