Mental Health Institution Means Sex Offenders Will Be Released To Nursing Homes, Endangering Patients

A community of individuals is fighting to maintain a local mental health institution to protect nursing home patients. Several sex offenders reside in the mental health institution and would be released to a privately owned nursing home if the institution closes. The initiative to close the institution is from the governor of the state. Officials who will oversee the proposal met with town members amounting to more than 300 individuals.

One of the meeting participants represented the union as a spokesperson and shared his opinion on behalf of workers at the institution and an advocate against the closing of the mental health institution in his area. “One of the individuals in this facility has already been in a nursing home and has already raped a resident of that nursing home and this director and this governor (are) talking about putting these people back into nursing homes.That is criminal in my mind.” For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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