William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital

William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

State staffers and advocates for people with disabilities say the state likely is spending “millions of dollars” on involuntarily committing people to inpatient mental health facilities for unnecessarily long periods of time.

William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Disability rights advocates say state-owned psychiatric hospitals in West Virginia are confining forensic patients for years after they are well. Forensic patients are those who engage in criminal behavior but are found not guilty by reason of mental illness.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Medicare has halted payments to a West Virginia psychiatric hospital because it is not in compliance with the program's requirements for a psychiatric hospital.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Medicare will not make payments for beneficiaries who are admitted to William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital effective Wednesday. Officials say it will continue to make payments for up to 30 days for beneficiaries admitted before Wednesday.

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State officials say staff vacancies have declined at West Virginia's state-run psychiatric hospitals following court-ordered pay raises.

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Patrick Ryan has been named chief executive officer of William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling said Monday that Ryan's appointment is effective Aug. 17.

A request from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to throw out a 34-year-old psychiatric hospital case has been denied.

The Charleston Gazette reports the E.H. v. Matin case will continue after the request was denied in Kanawha County Circuit Court Tuesday by Judge Duke Bloom.

  A state agency has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to stay three circuit court orders regarding the state's psychiatric hospitals.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom issued the orders in an ongoing case centering on the treatment of patients and employees at the hospitals.

One order involves employee pay at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. Another requires the DHHR to immediately reduce the number of patients at each hospital.

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A judge has approved a plan to ease staff shortages at two West Virginia psychiatric hospitals. According to media reports, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom approved the plan for the Department of Health and Human resources hospitals.

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A judge has ordered two West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources officials to appear in court later this month after finding the agency in contempt of court orders regarding the state's psychiatric hospitals.

The DHHR also must immediately reduce the number of patients at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston and at Mildred-Mitchell Bateman Hospital in Huntington to ease understaffing.