Committee to Hold Hearing on the Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Mental Hospitals and Nomination Hearing
WASHINGTON-- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) today announced the Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 26, 1999, at 10:00 a.m., in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building to hear testimony on the use of seclusion and restraints in mental hospitals. The committee will also hold a hearing to consider the nomination of William A. Halter, to be Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
The following witnesses are expected to appear before the Committee:
I. A panel consisting of:
The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd, Senator from Connecticut; Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman, Senator from Connecticut; Washington, D.C.
II. A panel consisting of:
Michael Hash, Deputy Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration; Washington, D.C.
III. A panel consisting of:
Leslie G. Aronovitz, Associate Director, Health Financing and Public Health Issues, General Accounting Office; Washington, D.C.
Terrance Johnson; Philadelphia, PA
Dennis Klima, President & CEO, Bayhealth, Inc.; Dover, DE
Laura Prescott, Executive Director and Founder, Sister Witness International; Worthington, MA
Charles E. Riordan, M.D.,Vice President for Medical Affairs, Saint Raphael Health Care System; New Haven, CT
The hearing is intended to create a forum for an objective presentation of alleged problems associated with the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints in mental health hospitals. It will include a discussion of legislative and regulatory options to address problems raised in media reports and through the investigations of the General Accounting Office.
William A. Halter, nominated to be Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration; Washington, D.C.
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