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Minnesota officials find treatment center at fault

July 31, 2014
Associated Press

MAPELWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials have found a St. Paul-area residential treatment center at fault after a resident was left in subzero temperatures for hours and required hospital treatment.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ) the Minnesota Department of Health issued findings this week after investigating the incident at the South Metro Human Services facility.

Officials say a resident diagnosed with a mental illness and chemical dependency issues was absent from the facility in March. Temperatures fell as low as 15 degrees below zero when the person was missing overnight. The resident's hands and feet suffered frostbite.

The report indicates employees didn't properly conduct bed checks or communicate that a resident wasn't in the building.

The South Metro Human Services director says it's complying with the report's recommendations to prevent future issues.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,



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