Pols call for investigation at Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility
by Andrew Shilling
Jun 11, 2014 | 311 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Queens Civic Congress president Richard Hellenbrecht, State Senator Tony Avella, and Brian Murphy, first vice president of the Creedmoor Civic Association, discuss the recent escape.
Queens Civic Congress president Richard Hellenbrecht, State Senator Tony Avella, and Brian Murphy, first vice president of the Creedmoor Civic Association, discuss the recent escape.
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The community surrounding Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility has been on edge after the second escapee from the facility in the last six months.

Schizophrenic patient Clifford Brown escaped from the facility at roughly 2 p.m. on May 27 for a two-day jaunt throughout Queens Village. Police detained the 27-year-old patient at around 2:45 a.m. on Thursday.

State Senator Tony Avella called on the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) for a full investigation following a similar escape from the facility in late January.

“I’m still waiting for the results of that, but now I am asking that the OHM include this in their report and report them as quickly as possible,” Avella said. “This is extremely serious.”

Richard Hellenbrecht, president of the Queens Civic Congress, lives about a mile away from Building 40 at Creedmoor – where the most recent break occurred – and said the thousands who live in the surrounding residential community could potentially be in immediate danger with every escape.

“This is very scary to the civic associations, residents and people who live nearby, certainly within walking distance of this location,” Hellenbrecht said.

He said a local civic group recently called for an increase in security at the center.

“This can’t happen again,“ he said. “There are young children who live nearby, there are several schools nearby, and this has to be controlled.”

Councilman Mark Weprin also called on OMH to take a closer look at the facility’s policies to ensure safety of those who live and work in the surrounding community.

“The Creedmoor facility continues not to take adequate precautions to protect local residents,” Weprin said. “In addition, the policy of not notifying local public schools of a potential danger is unacceptable.”

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