Time spent in restraint or seclusion at Minnesota Security Hospital

By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
Feb. 28, 2012

Data provided by the Department of Human Services offer a glimpse into the tense and sometimes violent world of the Minnesota Security Hospital, a state-run facility that provides treatment to nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous by the judicial system.

Patients spent a collective 1,772 hours — nearly 75 days — in seclusion last year. Hospital employees restrained patients 225 times. Hospital policy allows employees to use restraints and seclusion only when a patient poses an immediate threat to himself or others.

Graph by Robert Boos, Minnesota Public Radio