Safety Now! Coalition To Protest Wasteful "Safety Summit" at Napa State Hospital

Mar 25, 2011, 12:00 ET from The Safety Now! Coalition

Workers Will Tell Department of Mental Health (DMH): We Don't Need Another Meeting--Implement Now!

NAPA, Calif., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Safety Now! Coalition will protest the California Department of Mental Health's so-called "Safety Summit," which is being held on the grounds of Napa State Hospital on Monday, March 28th.  Starting at 11 a.m. on that day, protesters will gather at the front gates of Napa State Hospital to demand that DMH stop wasting time and money on meetings and immediately implement a list of basic safety measures to quell the violence against employees and patients there.  

BACKGROUND:  More than five months after the murder of psychiatric technician Donna Gross on hospital grounds, DMH has still not made the changes that are necessary to reduce the shocking number of assaults on patients and staff at Napa State Hospital (statistics available on request).  The sham "Safety Summit" wastes time and money that would be better spent on obvious solutions like installing a hospital-wide alarm system or placing uniformed security personnel in high-risk areas, two of the recommendations that the Safety Now! coalition has been making since its inception, and others have been making since the 1980s (1989 report available on request).

The Safety Now! coalition was created to improve the security of patients and employees in DMH facilities after the October 2010 murder of psychiatric technician Donna Gross.  The coalition includes workers represented by the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2620, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1000, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (CAPT) and the Union of America Physicians & Dentists (UAPD), and others.

WHO:  The Safety Now! Coalition (consisting of workers represented by AFSCME Local 2620, SEIU 1000, CAPT and UAPD), community members, patient advocates, and others.

VISUAL:  Workers and others will march with signs in front of the Napa State Hospital entrance.  Starting at 12 noon, speakers will call on DMH leadership to stop talking about safety and immediately adopt the measures proposed months ago to quell the ongoing violence at NSH. 

WHEN:  Monday, March 28, 2011 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Speakers begin at 12 noon.

WHERE:  Front Gate, Napa State Hospital, 2100 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA  94558.  The NSH Front Gate is at the intersection of Napa-Vallejo Highway (CA-221) and Magnolia Drive in the city of Napa.

SOURCE The Safety Now! Coalition