Violence Plagues Psychiatric Hospitals

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STATE—The Division of Mental Health Services reported more than 4000 assault incidents and 13 deaths at state psychiatric hospitals in 2008.

The division operates five psychiatric hospitals with a total of 2,010 beds that serve people with persistent and severe mental illnesses who are in need of intensive, inpatient care and treatment.

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These hospitals and the populations they serve are:
Senator Garrett W. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner serves the general and the elderly populations.

Ann Klein Forensic Center in Trenton serves people who have been determined by the courts to be not guilty by reason of insanity, incompetent to stand trial or who require special security measures due to the nature of their illness.

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Winslow Township serves a general adult population in addition to elderly forensic patients and people who have been dually diagnosed to have both a developmental disability and a mental illness.

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains and Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton both serve adults.

A sixth hospital, Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital in Marlboro, closed on June 30, 1998 as part of a divisional reorganization.

The state’s five mental health hospitals: Ancora, Ann Klein, Greystone, Hagedorn and Trenton; reported 24 deaths in 2007, 36 in 2006 and 28 in 2005.

The number of reported assaults at the mental institutions has fluctuated only slightly between 4,100 to 4,300 in each of the four years for which records are available.


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