CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Kanawha County judge has rejected a state agency's plan to address issues at West Virginia's two psychiatric hospitals.
The judge on Wednesday rejected proposals submitted by the state Department of Health and Human Resources regarding Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington and William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston.
The hospitals have been the focus of an ongoing court case centered on the appropriate treatment of mental-health patients remanded to state care.
Other issues included staffing shortages and noncompetitive wages for workers. One of the proposals included privatizing the facilities.
Media outlets report that the department has been ordered to develop alternate proposals within 10 days.