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Debate over assessment
For now, Slaughter’s discharge is being held up due to concerns that a psychosexual risk assessment has not been done on him since 2010, according to documents. That year, he was assessed as a Level 3 offender, the highest risk category that offenders can be placed in by the state Department of Corrections.
The state’s highest-ranking medical officer, Dr. Steven Pratt, has told his staff and Anoka officials that a new assessment is unnecessary, documents show.
Pratt wrote in an e-mail last week that offenders discharged from the facility only need a risk-management plan for living in a group-home setting — not a psychosexual risk assessment, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune. Pratt is also the medical director at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, the only facility with staff qualified to conduct such a risk assessment.
“I want to reiterate that for our system, I am advocating that what we should be looking at is risk-management planning, not risk assessment,” Pratt wrote Thursday to top state officials responsible for the discharge of mentally ill and dangerous patients.
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