ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State health officials are commissioning an outside review after the third slaying at a maximum-security psychiatric hospital in 13 months.

Mental Hygiene Administration Clinical Director Gayle Jordan-Randolph on Wednesday introduced members of the Senate Finance committee to one of two consultants who will be conducting a review of security at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center. An initial report will be available in January as the General Assembly gets underway, and the final report is expected by Feb. 10.

Kenneth Appelbaum says he’ll look at treatment programs, operations and security. He says he comes to the process without preconceived notions, but he’s sure to have recommendations.

Jordan-Randolph said the hospital is still in crisis mode after the two most recent slayings in October, but security is paramount.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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