RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The death of Steven Sabock, a 50-year-old man with bipolar disorder who died on April 29 in a
"The tragic, preventable death of Steven Sabock -- which made headlines last week -- graphically demonstrates the abuse and neglect of people with psychiatric disabilities statewide and nationally," said Jeff McLoud, board president of the North Carolina Mental Health Consumers' Organization (NCMHCO), a statewide advocacy group of people with mental illnesses. "Now is the time for a call to action for mental health advocates to prevent others in our nation's psychiatric hospitals from dying at the hands of the very professionals who were hired to help them."
The North Carolina group, a member of the National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations, is joining a national call for widespread, substantive reforms in America's mental health system. These would include raising standards and regulatory expectations, and funding pilot programs to demonstrate best practices in psychiatric emergency, inpatient and community-based care.
Sabock's death -- after which three hospital employees were dismissed and five others were suspended for under a week (although no criminal charges have been filed) -- highlights an egregious pattern of abuse and neglect of those who have psychiatric disabilities. According to the News & Observer last February, more than 80 people in
|SOURCE North Carolina Mental Health Consumers' Organization|
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