Effingham, NH – Based on a report from the Disability Rights Center Governor Maggie Hassan is stopping the state, or any other agency, from placing new patients into Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham. The disability Rights Center alleges that due to a long term pattern of abuse and neglect Lakeview needs to be closed down. According to WMUR-TV Lake view disputes the centers findings stating that none of the incidents are new and all were properly reported and investigated by the appropriate authorities. The Governor is directing a number of immediate actions including a daily monitoring of the facility in Effingham, a review of all current patients, and having an outside authority review the Department of Health and Human Services handling of Lakeview, and its response to recent incidents there.
Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the Disability Rights Center’s reports on the Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham:
“The reports alleging systemic deficiencies at Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center that threaten the health, safety and well-being of patients who they are supposed to be helping are deeply disturbing. As a State, we should be working together with families, caregivers and providers to enhance the health, safety and human dignity of all our patients, including those living with the most complex health and developmental needs who have been placed at Lakeview. My office has met with the Department of Health and Human Services about this report. In response to this report, I am directing a number of immediate actions: the implementation, in coordination with the area agencies, of daily monitoring of the Lakeview facility in Effingham; a review of all of the patients currently placed in Lakeview to determine whether they can safely transition to community-based care; and the Department of Health and Human Services to engage an outside expert to oversee a licensing and complaint review of Lakeview. In addition, I will be initiating an outside review of the Department of Health and Human Services handling of Lakeview, and its response to recent incidents at Lakeview. While this matter is pending, the State of New Hampshire will not place, or allow area agencies to place, any new patients at Lakeview, and we will notify other states with patients at Lakeview of our decision. As the reports highlight, we must continue to move away from isolated institutionalization and toward stronger systems for community-based care in order to ensure that all New Hampshire citizens are empowered to become fulfilled members of their communities. The allegations of abuse, neglect and inadequate care at Lakeview are deeply troubling, and we must strive to meet our commitment to our most vulnerable populations by continuing to improve our community-based approach to providing high quality care to those who experience disabilities and to all Granite Staters in need.”