UPDATE: Wisconsin to pay $562K after suicide at Mendota

UPDATED Friday, April 11, 2014 --- 9:27 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to the estate of a man who committed suicide four years ago at Mendota Mental Health Institute.

A Wisconsin State Journal report Friday says the mother of 27-year-old Jason M. Peters sued the state alleging Mendota staff was negligent in his care.

Peters strangled himself with a sock in a seclusion room in 2010. The lawsuit alleges that Peters was to be checked on every 15 minutes but staff didn't notice his death for 18 hours.

The state agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying $562,500.

Mary Kennelly is the attorney for Peters' mother, Nancy Barton of Oneida. Kennelly says Barton is "very pleased" with the outcome.

State Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck declined to comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, May 13, 2010---11:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A division of the state Department of Health Services cited the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison after an apparent suicide.

Police said Jason M. Peters was found face down on a mattress with what appeared to be a sock around his neck April 8. He was apparently laying there for 18 hours before staff discovered he died.

The 26-year-old had schizophrenia and was awaiting trial in Dane County on charges of battering Mendota staff.

The Division of Quality Assurance cited the facility last week for failing to "take reasonable steps to ensure the physical safety of all patients." It said while staff conducted required checks every 15 minutes they didn't note whether Peters was breathing or moving.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported the facility agreed to improve training to require staff to check for breathing and movement.

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