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Report blames poor medical care for Milwaukee Co. Mental Health Complex deaths

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - An independent doctor blames poor medical care for the deaths of four patients at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex in 2012.  

Psychiatrist William Knoedler also found problems with two other deaths but he said their treatment was, "at least adequate."  

Knoedler was retained last year by the group Disability Rights Wisconsin. He filed his report last June with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and two state officials.  

The report was never made public until the Journal Sentinel recently obtained a copy. The head of the Disability Rights office in Milwaukee, Barbara Beckert, said her group was, "trying a different tack."  

Knoedler tells the paper his recommendations were urgent, and he's disappointed that no significant changes have occurred at the facility.  

Abele and the County Board have been at odds about what to do with the Mental Health Complex, after it was cited nine times since 2006 for putting patients in danger. 

State officials are now investigating the death of 48-year-old Andre Harvey, after he was restrained by police, security, and medical staffers at the complex.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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