Thursday, December 16, 2010

P & A Director Marsha Hockensmith calls for more autopsies and death reviews done for the mentally disabled and mentally ill l

Marsha Hockensmith, director of Protection and Advocacy, told the Interim Committee on Health and Welfare the state currently reviews deaths of the mentally disabled and mentally ill in state-run facilities and can review deaths of disabled people in some community-based settings. Protection and Advocacy is a state agency that advocates for the disabled.

However, more needs to be done to ensure those who receive services in community-based settings are not dying as a result of abuse, neglect or other preventable diseases, Hockensmith said.