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STRiVE Explains Emergency Procedures When Violent Patients Pose Threats

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - STRiVE has been operating in the Grand Valley for more than 50 years supporting families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

On Monday, shortly after 2 p.m., Sammy Montoya, a patient under STRiVE's care was arrested for trying to cut people with a switch-blade styled knife. 

"Our process is when there is an aggressive incident or something that's very out of character that the person's team that works with them, which is social work, nursing, psychiatry get together very quickly and look at what the changes might be that need to be changed for the person", says Susan Jacksi the CEO of STRiVE.

While STRiVE made it clear that under health privacy laws that they can't discuss Montoya's individual case, they did talk to us about what they try to do to prevent incidents like this from happening.

"In terms of looking at what we might do differently, it would just need to be even more of a quick response to get that staffing team together and look at services", says Jacksi.

It's a fine line for them to walk, but in the end, regardless of developmental disabilities, we all have the same rights and responsibilities. 

"Just because you have a developmental disability doesn't mean you give up all your rights as citizens of the U.S. They still have that same legal environment that you'd want to have just as a normal person would have or any person would have", says Doug Sorter the vice president of STRiVE. 

"Consequences for someone, as well as their rights, but their consequences are the same for a person with a developmental disability as they are for us", says Jacksi.


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