Employee At Napa State Hospital Injured In Assault

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Napa State Hospital Entrance (California Department of Mental Health website)

The entrance to Napa State Hospital. (California Department of Mental Health)

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NAPA (CBS / AP) — A patient at Napa State Hospital has been arrested in connection with an assault that left an employee injured.

Hospital spokeswoman Deborah Moore announced the arrest on Wednesday, a day after the assault. She did not release the patient’s name or provide details about the incident although she did say the staff member was treated at a local hospital.

A union representative tells the Napa Valley Register the employee—a psychiatric technician— was injured while staff members were placing a patient in a restraint.

Brad Leggs of the psychiatric technicians’ union said the incident occurred in an area housing non-criminal patients.

Napa State has been roiled in recent years by patient attacks on staff members, among them the strangling of a psychiatric technician in October 2010.

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