A state lawmaker has promised to introduce a bill next legislative session that would require a full performance and financial audit of the Arizona State Hospital, known as ASH.
House Minority Leader Representative Chad Campbell, D–Phoenix, said he will be introducing the legislation after seeing a series of exclusive ABC15 investigative reports that exposed a shocking level of violence, frequent escapes, staffing shortages and dangerous conditions for staff and patients inside the state mental hospital.
"It seems like this whole ship is broken, and they need to right the ship," Campbell said.
"They gave us this rosy picture that everything was great, everything was fine," he said.
But Campbell said he didn't believe them then and he is certainly not convinced now.
He points to the death of a young patient at the hospital on September 10th, 2013.
23-year-old Christopher Paul Blackwell died after swallowing dangerous objects, even though he was supposed to be monitored 24/7 to prevent him from doing so.
Evidence that Blackwell was not adequately monitored or cared for at the hospital can be found in his autopsy where it was revealed that the young man had managed to swallow dangerous objects at least five times in the last year despite the requirement he be monitored around the clock.