Perdue: More Information Should Be Public In Mental Health Deaths

Governor Beverly Perdue wants more openness when it comes to information on deaths at state mental health facilities.

The governor says she'll work with the attorney general in making more information in death records public.

The state's mental health system has come under fire recently for a series of deaths, including a couple at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

Perdue says the following information would be made public:

*The name, sex, age and date of birth of the deceased;
*The name of the facility providing the report;
*The date, time and location of the death;
*A brief description of the circumstances of death, including the manner of death if known; and
*A list of all entities to whom the event was reported.

"Ensuring that important information in death records is public will make state facilities more accountable for the people in their care, restore public confidence and rebuild public trust." the governor said in a news release.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said patients in state facilities must receive quality care that is safe. He said the law should be changed because more public input and scrutiny can help fix some of the problems.

"While we want to make sure we protect the rights of the individuals we serve, we also want to make sure the public has access to information about problems in the facilities and our efforts to correct them," says DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    The truth hurts, but if these places were staffed with all Mexicans, the problems would demise. If you get my drift....
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 18, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    To Ask the Expert, are you saying that they should be exempt from the HIPAA laws? That's whats wrong now, too many crooked politicians being above the law. Maybe you're one of them.
  • by Ask the expert on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    I think Bev and Roy have considered HIPAA regulations...Cooper is a LAWYER afterall. But then again, people that post on here are know-it-alls. Let's just ask the expert! They have their law degrees, but just sit at home and complain. LOL!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    And she would violate the HIPAA laws, with fines of $50,000.00 for EACH violation. Not to mention patient privacy. Some families would prefer that everyone not know all about thier family member thats in a mental institution.I hope that if she does it, that HIPAA will bankrupt her personally. The state should not have to pay these fines if she orders this to be done.

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