The state Office of Mental Health is shining a light on the use of restraint and seclusion in its children’s psychiatric facilities as part of an effort to end these potentially dangerous and deadly practices.
OMH is publishing data on its Web site showing how often youngsters in 13 state-run mental hospitals are subjected to restraint and seclusion. Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse and St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg are tied for having the second highest rates of restraint.
The rate of restraint for Hutchings is .33 per 1,000 patient hours. That’s lower than the national average of .48.
A rate of .33 means during an average month at Hutchings, children are restrained about 4 ½ hours.
The state’s short-term goal is to get facilities to cut their restraint rates to .15 or less.
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