Colorado psychiatric hospital closed over COVID-19 precautions, patient abuse .

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment closed Clear View Behavioral Health on Monday over “several regulatory violations,” the department announced.

The Johnstown psychiatric hospital was closed, in part, over lack of COVID-19 precautions and history of patient abuse. All patients have been relocated and families have been notified, the announcement said.

“We are closely monitoring all healthcare facilities, especially during the pandemic,'' said Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE division director. “Patients in facilities are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection due to the ongoing nature of close contact between patients and staff, and there are important precautions that each facility should take to minimize risk.”

The hospital’s latest violations were discovered on Sept. 22 after a survey found multiple deficiencies in nursing services and infection control.

CDPHE said the lack of infection prevention for COVID-19 was reason to issue a summary suspension.

Previously, the hospital has been disciplined for various abuse cases.

In 2020, the hospital had three occurrences of sexual abuse from May 29 to June 28 and one occurrence of neglect on Jan. 7. Four additional cases of sexual and physical abuse were reported in 2017 and 2018.

Clear View has received over 100 citations since 2017, according to CDPHE data.

“The facility has a history of non-compliance, including multiple investigations that resulted in immediate jeopardy to patient safety,” CDPHE said in the announcement. “In addition to those findings, the facility was unable to make systemic changes to resolve systemic issues and improved patient care.”

The state will revoke the hospital’s license permanently following the summary suspension.

Clear View Behavioral Health’s full compliance history is available at colorado.gov.