The state of Georgia and US Dept. of Justice have settled a complaint involving conditions at Georgia ’s seven psychiatric hospitals including NW Regional in Rome. The Department opened its investigation of Georgia ’s psychiatric hospitals in 2007.  The Department subsequently entered into negotiations regarding remedies the State was required to implement to correct unconstitutional conditions at all the hospitals.   Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division said late Thursday “We are pleased that we have cooperatively achieved a settlement agreement that will benefit the lives of persons with mental health problems and developmental disabilities in Georgia ’s psychiatric hospitals”.  Specifically, the State has agreed to undertake a variety of measures, including improving medical and mental health care and ensuring that patients are free from undue bodily restraint. The State will also improve discharge planning and ensure that each patient is served in the most integrated setting appropriate.