Three administrators at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna, including its director, have been charged with interfering with an investigation into patient abuse.
The Choate Mental Health and Development Center is a state-operated developmental center in southern Illinois that consists of six living areas and offers a variety of treatment programs and services.
The three administrators were actively employed at the Choate Mental Health facility for more than a week after they were indicted on charges. However, due to backlash, the Illinois Department of Human Services eventually reassigned the administrators to a different facility “until the judicial process yields new information or reaches a conclusion.”
Sen. Bryant has been actively calling for the removal of these three administrators pending judicial review, arguing that everything possible must be done to ensure an honest and open investigation can take place and that justice is achieved.
Senator Bryant, who is the Minority Spokesperson on the Behavioral and Mental Health Committee, joined with other Republican committee members to formally request that the Senate committee meet to review the ongoing issues within the facility. Senator Bryant supports the call for a hearing in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the vulnerable residents who are entrusted to the state’s care.