The focus of a recent Jefferson City News Tribune article was the poor conditions and dangerous work environment at the Fulton State Hospital.
The hospital is said to be the oldest public mental health hospital west of the Mississippi. After a recent tour of the facilities, Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-Mokane) asked fellow legislators and members of the media: “Do you think you could get better here?”
According to the article: “Many roofs have leaks; mold is endemic; and stairwells built for fire safety are leaning on their foundations.”
There are concerns by staff that if repairs are not made the facility may lose its accreditation to perform services vital to clients.
In his State of the State Address late last month, Governor Jay Nixon said repairs to the facility were needed, but issuance of state bond would be required for repairs or renovations to begin.
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