State suspends admissions to youth facility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials temporarily suspended admissions to a Nashville mental health treatment facility for youth after the same boy twice drank disinfectant.

The Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities says it will also impose a $500 fine on Hermitage Hall.

The facility's Web site describes Hermitage Hall as a residential treatment center for sexually abusive males between 9 and 17 years old.

License director Amber Gallina detailed incidents on Nov. 10 and Dec. 30 in which the same youth ingested cleaning chemicals and was treated at a hospital.

On Tuesday, the department suspended new admissions to Hermitage Hall for up to four months.

CEO Doug Webster says the facility is working to lift the suspension and takes the safety of its patients very seriously.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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