North Suffolk Mental Health Association Inc. agrees to improve worker safety policies

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Two years after a social worker was killed in a Revere group home for the mentally ill, the company that operates the home has promised federal regulators it will adopt new worker safety policies, including alerting staff of patients who exhibit dangerous behavior.

As part of the settlement with the Department of Labor, North Suffolk Mental Health Association Inc. must implement a written violence prevention program, which will include a system for reporting and investigating violent cases.

The measures are designed to prevent other social workers from meeting the fate that befell Stephanie Moulton. She was beaten and stabbed to death, allegedly at the hands of Deshawn James Chappell, a schizophrenic with a history of criminal violence who was off his medication. The social worker and the patient had been left alone.

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