Violent patients 'running things' as assaults rise at N.J.'s largest psych hospital

PARSIPPANY — Patients at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital assaulted and injured 13 fellow patients and 12 employees during the first quarter of 2017, just as the state-run facility reached its highest capacity since opening nine years ago, according to state data released on Monday.

At this rate, the state’s largest public psychiatric hospital is on course to easily exceed the 66 assaults reported all of last year, and the 39 assaults recorded in 2015, according to the Department of Human Services.

The statistics appear to bolster claims from a wide array of mental health advocates that Greystone is overcrowded and unsafe. 

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Source: Bergen

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