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Nine of the employees arrested for alleged patient abuse at the Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital (from left to right, top to bottom): Carl Benjamin, Mark Cusson, Gregory Giantonio, Clayton Davis, Bruce Holt, Robert Larned, Willie Bethea, Seth Quider and Lance Camby. (Photos: Courtesy of the Connecticut State Police)

The governor signed an executive order Tuesday that separates the Whiting Forensic Division from Connecticut Valley Hospital and creates a distinct hospital, Whiting Forensic Hospital, under a new structure that will allow the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to focus on changes needed to improve the quality of care at the facility.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s action follows the arrests of 10 Connecticut Valley Hospital workers in September and October for cruelty to persons, part of an ongoing state investigation into the abuse of a single patient who suffered a sustained pattern of attacks and provocations at the maximum security facility, according to court records.

Under the order, beds at Whiting Maximum Security will be consolidated with those at the Dutcher Enhanced Security building, creating a 229-bed forensic hospital, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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