Sep 20, 2010 8:52 PM by Sharon Knight
The Department of Human Services has developed a plan to review operations at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP). The four-phase plan will focus on patient care and treatment. The first three phases will go into effect immediately.
Phase I: Comprehensive internal review of recent critical incidents that have resulted in patient deaths.
Phase II: Contracting with an independent consultant team of national experts to review and provide recommendations on overall hospital operations and personnel, which includes but is not limited to policies, procedures, protocols and the implementation of overall patient care.
Phase III: Contracting with the former Director of Forensic Court Services at CMHIP to implement the recommendations of the consultant team as well as compliance with survey findings and any other recommendations associated with the internal review.
Phase IV: Within six months, the department will commission an independent review to ensure that staff have been appropriately trained on any new or revised policies and procedures and that all recommendations have been fully implemented.
"Recent patient deaths at the Institute lead me to believe that a comprehensive outside review of patient care, supervision and monitoring policies and practices is necessary," said CDHS Executive Director Karen L. Beye.