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Mental Health Officials Review Safety Following Slaying

State mental health officials are reviewing safety precautions at all residential group homes following the murder of a counselor at a home in Revere.

Family members of 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton say her murder should prompt the state to provide more protection to group home workers.

State Mental Health Commissioner Barbara Leadholm says her office is looking at safety issues in all group homes.

"The safety of providers, clients and communities is of paramount importance to us," Leadholm said. "We intend to review all the factors that will help us protect staff and the clients."

A resident at the group home where Moulton worked, 27-year-old Deshawn James Chappell is charged with Moulton's murder and is undergoing a mental health evaluation. Prosecutors allege that Chappell and Moulton were alone in the group home when Chappell attacked her.

This program aired on January 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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