W.Va. Mental Health Service Open Despite Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A mental health service is still operating even though three patients have died in the past two months and its license expired Oct. 1.

The Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification said last month it wouldn't renew Northwood Health System's license because of practices that jeopardize patient safety.

A state report also cites incidents where patients were mistreated, neglected and humiliated.

The Department of Health and Human Resources is working with Northwood to correct deficiencies.

Spokesman John Law says it's common to let agencies operate after their licenses expire if negotiations are ongoing.

Northwood spokesman John Culler says the staff members involved have either been disciplined or no longer work for the company.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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