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First Published: Friday, August 05, 2011, 7:15 AM     Updated: Friday, August 05, 2011, 7:25 AM]

 

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The state is looking to fire the supervisor whom prosecutors deem criminally responsible in the death of a 27-year-old autistic man in a South Beach mental health unit last December.

 
Erik Stanley, 37, of Middletown, N.J., has been suspended without pay in the aftermath of the death of Jawara Henry, 27, at the state-run Multiple Disabilities Unit at 777 Seaview Ave. on Dec. 4, said Travis Proulx, a spokesman for the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, which runs the unit.

 

Yesterday, prosecutors announced Stanley’s indictment on charges of criminally negligent homicide, accusing him of putting Henry in a fatal chokehold instead of restraining him properly when he became erratic and started biting people.

 

“We are seeking Mr. Stanley’s termination, and will unequivocally seek the termination of any employee who is guilty of abuse or neglect of an individual with developmental disabilities,” Proulx said on Wednesday.

 
The Multiple Disabilities Unit is located on the South Beach Community Campus, a state-owned complex that houses a number of facilities that serve individuals with special needs, including the South Beach Psychiatric Center.

 

Proulx also commented generally on restraint practices in the unit:

 

“[The agency] has training and certification for staff in proper techniques and acceptable use of restraint. Recertification is required annually. Training focuses on calming techniques to avoid intrusive restraint.

 

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http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2011/08/state_moves_to_fire_mental_hea.html



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