10 State Psychiatric Hospitals to Get More Windows

340 doors to be retrofit with windows

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:13 AM CDT
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Texas Psychiatric Hospitals Get More Windows

Texas Department of State Health Services

The entrance to the Rusk State Hospital in Rusk, Texas.

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The state's 10 psychiatric hospitals will be getting more windows to help prevent alleged abuse of patients by staff or anyone else.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is spending up to $135,000 to retrofit nearly 340 doors at psychiatric hospitals.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday that cameras will be installed in offices where doors cannot have windows because of structural barriers.

Agency spokesman Carrie Williams said employees walking by will have a clear view of hospital therapy rooms.

Former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist Charles Fisher was fired in November over sexual abuse allegations. Fischer, who has not been charged and denies the allegations, has filed an official grievance.

Several law enforcement agencies are investigating.

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