A recent story in the Sacramento Bee has triggered discussion on the Behavioral Healthcare LinkedIn discussion board. Should California state hospital police carry guns on the grounds of the state hospital, or when transporting state hospital patients?
The union that represents California's state mental hospital police argues that union members need to carry guns to ensure safety. They point to a 2011 incident in which a state hospital behavioral health technician was killed. Should mental hospital police carry guns? If so, why—is it because patients are more violent than before? Because of inadequate training and teamwork?
So far, state officials are holding the line against guns in mental hospitals. But where do you draw the line?