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Minn. easing restraints for mentally ill

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ST. PAUL (AP) — State officials say they’re phasing out the use of metal handcuffs and seclusion at a secure hospital for the mentally ill in the wake of fines for maltreatment of patients.

The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter was fined by the Department of Human Services the maximum $2,200 in December for two cases of client maltreatment. The facility’s license was then put on conditional probation for two years.

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