TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A lawsuit alleges Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee has mistreated mental patients accused of crimes by putting them in solitary confinement and strapping them into chairs.
Two advocacy groups sued last week in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Tuesday.
The suit also alleges the Agency for Persons with Disabilities offers little rehabilitation to such patients.
An agency spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Charles Ball, former superintendent of the Mentally Retarded Defendant Program, said restraint and confinement are used only when someone becomes dangerous.
Florida International Legal Services and Disability Rights Florida are not seeking monetary damages. They want a court order declaring the patients' constitutional rights are being violated and directing the hospital to change its practices.
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