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California Office of Patients' Rights (COPR)
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2011: Ensuring state hospital residents’ voices are heard (From the 2011 Annual Report)


Ensuring state hospital residents’ voices are heard

Recent incidences and deaths in the state hospitals have raised public pressure to make system wide changes to improve safety, while the budget crisis reduces resources. As the provider of the California Office of Patients’ Rights (COPR), our role has been to present the “patients’ perspective” in numerous meetings about safety issues. For example, in January 2011, approximately 300 attended a Town Hall Forum in Napa, where state legislators had invited us to present a perspective of how recent policy changes are impacting the daily living of Napa State Hospital residents. As we go to press, this issue is still in the spotlight, requiring ongoing monitoring.