COPY-Report faults leadership at Ark. State Hospital

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A consultant's report on the State Hospital blames top managers for not taking action to improve care, even after they'd been warned to make changes and knew they were under scrutiny.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services released the report Wednesday and noted that improvements at the hospital have already begun.

The report by Cincinnati-based Compass Clinical Consulting says top hospital executives have not received the training they needed to succeed, and some shouldn't have been hired in the first place.

In June, a management shakeup resulted in the exit of the hospital's top administrator and its behavioral health director.

The report says that moving unsuccessful managers to other departments is "humane," but the threat of termination could help motivate managers to make needed changes.

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