Minnesota ends 5-year licensing restriction on state's largest psychiatric hospital

State regulators lifted a five-year licensing restriction from St. Peter-based Minnesota Security Hospital that was set in place because of consistent patient safety lapses, Star Tribune reports.

Minnesota Security Hospital is the state's largest psychiatric hospital and cares for around 360 of the state's most complex and dangerous psychiatric cases. The hospital fell under state scrutiny in 2011 when investigators found staff restraining and isolating too many patients. In addition, a patient was murdered at the hospital in 2014.

Improvements in the hospital's multiyear effort to enhance patient and staff safety helped the hospital end the licensing restriction, according to the report. State officials noted progress in the hospital's push to instill a more healing environment and dispel the hospital's disciplinary culture.   

Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper said Thursday the hospital proved "significant progress on many fronts" and Minnesota will now fully license the hospital.  

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