Three months after state regulators allowed a Brookline psychiatric hospital to start accepting new patients again, federal investigators found deficiencies with psychiatric evaluations and treatment plans, problems they said may have hindered patients’ recovery.
Frank Barnes, a longtime mental health worker at the hospital and a union representative for 1199SEIU, said the problems at Arbour HRI reflect the culture of the administration.
“The emphasis wasn’t on the quality of care,” he said. “It was on increasing income.’’
Staff members have filed numerous complaints with hospital leaders and regulators about a lack of security personnel; inadequate staff; and patients not having enough towels, blankets, and food at night, he said.