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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Article on Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

Agency to investigate abuse allegations at Mental Health Complex

A state-designated watchdog agency has launched its own investigation into patient sexual abuse allegations at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

The agency, Disability Rights Wisconsin, has made a sweeping demand for records at the complex and will interview staff, patients and their guardians to find out the scope and seriousness of the abuse, Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee office manager for the agency, said Friday.

Beckert said the probe was prompted by news accounts in the Journal Sentinel, which told of a federal investigation that had found multiple instances of patient sexual abuse at the county complex. A federal inspection in January found staff inattention to various patient care rules, including nurses and nurse assistants who were unaware the hospital had a policy of no sexual contact between patients.

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