DRNY report in conjunction with Mental Hygiene Legal Service, First Judicial Department


In a joint investigation by Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the First Judicial Department (MHLS) and DRNY, evidence was uncovered demonstrating an unusually high usage of mechanical restraints on patients at Bellevue Hospital Center as compared to other public hospitals in New York City. The report, titled, “Investigation Report: Use of Restraints on Psychiatric Patients at Bellevue Hospital Center,” was published on November 1, 2016. Bellevue’s high incidence of mechanical restraint usage on psychiatric patients is a significant area of concern. As Bellevue’s own policy states, restraint use “has the potential to produce serious consequences, such as physical and psychological harm, loss of dignity, violation of an individual’s rights, feelings of isolation and even death.”

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​Index of Appendices:

Appendix A: “Restraints/Calming Room,” Elmhurst Hospital Center (Last Revised August 2014)

Appendix B: “Use of Restraints,” Metropolitan Hospital Center Procedure Manual (Effective November 2014)

Appendix C: “Use of Restraint and Seclusion,” Bellevue Hospital Center (Last Reviewed December 2013)

Appendix D: “Restraint and Seclusion in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,” Bellevue Hospital Center (Last Reviewed and Revised November 2013)

Appendix E: Operating Certificate, Bellevue Hospital Center Inpatient Treatment Program, New York State Office of Mental Health (March 22, 2014)

Appendix F: Bellevue Data

Appendix G: HHC Response to FOIL Request (May 13, 2016)

Appendix H: OMH Response to FOIL Request (October 7, 2015)

Appendix I: OMH Response to FOIL Request (December 7, 2015)

Appendix J: Metropolitan Hospital Center Response to Request for Restraint Data (October 5, 2015)

Appendix K: Therapeutic Holds Form and Flow Sheet, Bellevue Hospital Center

Appendix L: Interdisciplinary Integrated Restraint Order and Monitoring Form for Violent/Self-Destructive Reasons, Metropolitan Hospital Center

Appendix M: Bellevue Response to Report (December 2, 2016)


REPORT:  BELLEVUE OVERUSE OF RESTRAINT IS ALARMING