CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Far more than 7 months after Jamal Sutherland’s demise within the Charleston County jail, new paperwork from the state’s Office of Wellness and Environmental Command confirmed wellness inspectors visited Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health wherever he was arrested though looking for treatment method for a mental sickness as he was dying.
The unannounced pay a visit to to the facility was seemingly unrelated to Sutherland’s arrest. It wasn’t until finally months later on that DHEC would be knowledgeable about the incident within Palmetto that led to staff members contacting 911.
In its place, DHEC showed up to the facility on the morning of January 5th to do an unannounced inspection since of two issues about COVID-19 protocols and basic safety. Paperwork showed they started off their investigation at 10:30 a.m., about the similar time Sutherland laid dying on the flooring of the Al Cannon Detention Heart.
DHEC uncovered no violations connected to COVID-19 safety protocols throughout their pay a visit to right after interviewing team customers and hunting via employees records.
Paperwork confirmed it wasn’t until a complaint was submitted months afterwards, in May, that DHEC discovered Jamal Sutherland was taken to jail just after an incident at the facility.
Two other grievances were despatched into DHEC right after Sutherland’s dying. One particular claimed that Palmetto was a “ticking time bomb for a sentinel function because of to staffing problems.” A sentinel celebration, according to the Joint Commission, would be one thing that results in demise or major damage. That criticism cited “inappropriate staffing ratios” and termed on DHEC to just take the make any difference seriously.
“I panic anyone will get significantly hurt if this proceeds,” the complainant mentioned.
The other grievance filed in May possibly urged DHEC to seem into Palmetto’s stability. The complainant reported the facility needed to seek the services of protection guards.
“Palmetto will keep on to contact 911 owing to the deficiency of safety,” the criticism mentioned. “Told that behavioral wellness amenities are not expected to have security.”
Substantially of the complaint is redacted, but it states that security could have served the facility steer clear of an arrest and death, nevertheless it is not apparent if they are referring to the incident involving Jamal Sutherland.
No violations came from DHEC’s investigations of the staffing or protection grievances, and Palmetto CEO Timothy Miller reported those citations had been unsubstantiated.
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