OSH staffers want assaultive patients sent to prison

The Harbors section of Oregon State Hospital

The Harbors section of Oregon State Hospital

The Oregonian, Feb. 10, 2014

Emily Mallorie was assaulted at work Feb. 3 and suffered a dislocated jaw, concussion and split lip that landed her in the emergency room.

She hopes to return to work Tuesday at the Oregon State Hospital, where she works as a mental health therapy technician. Her alleged attacker, a patient, faces minimal consequences, she says.

Oregon State Hospital assaults

Time period

No. of assaults

Medical costs

Lost work days

Jan.-June 2012 56 $117,000 96
Jan.-June 2013 65 $131,000 245
July-Dec. 2013 29 $31,800 13

 

“He made a choice to hit me in the face, with a closed fist, lunged forward and hit me as hard as he could,” Mallorie said. “I had blood gushing everywhere.”

On Monday, she testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 4036, which which would make “intentionally or knowingly” assaulting a state hospital employee a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Amendments in the works would include patient-on-patient assaults. The bill is scheduled for a work session Tuesday, when it could be moved to the floor….Continue reading at OregonLive.com