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Forum News Service, Published November 27 2013

Detox employee abused client, report says

DULUTH, Minn. – An employee of the Duluth Detoxification Center abused a client who was having a panic attack and trying to “go to the hospital,” a state agency concluded in a report issued this week.

But the Minnesota Department of Human Services issued no sanctions, with findings that the facility was not to blame and that the employee could continue to work with vulnerable adults as long as there are no further incidents.

The report, labeled an “investigative memorandum,” was issued Monday but centered on a Feb. 27 incident. As is normal with DHS reports, it conceals the identity and gender of the client, the employee and everyone else who was interviewed.

According to investigator Marie Tierney’s report, when the client started to go through a door between a living area and the nurses’ station “in an attempt to go to the hospital,” the employee pushed on the other side of the door. The client claimed the employee then kicked the client several times over two or three minutes, causing bruises.

The employee admitted pushing hard against the door and kicking the client’s fingers to get the client’s hand away from the doorknob, but denied any additional kicks.

No video of the incident was available, the report said, and no injuries were documented.