Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Several policies and procedures are under review at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health after a patient escaped.
Mark Binkley, the Deputy Director of Administration for the agency, said Fridaychanges will be made.
Authorities say 39-year-old Jason Mark Carter escaped from the Columbia mental health facility on Farrow Road Thursday morning. Carter was a patient at theBryan Psychiatric Hospital.
He'd been assigned there after a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity in connection with the killings of his mother and stepfather.
At the time of the escape, he was participating in a patient work program.
"We suspended the patient work program at the hospital, one of the issues that will be looked at will be who is supervising and how much information they will have about the patients," said Binkley.
According to Binkley, patients in the hospital's Forensics Division are primarily referred by jails and criminal courts from throughout the state, and are housed separately from patients in the Adult Services Division in a more secure area of the hospital.
"It looks like a prison from the outside, it is a very secure building," said Binkley.
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Binkley says Carter went missing when he was delivering supplies with his supervisor outside of the hospital, but still on the mental health campus. Carterhas been in thepatient work program since 2010. Binkley says they will also be reviewing their notification policy to local law enforcement.
"We are doing a critical self review to determine what went wrong," said Binkley. So far, no one has been suspended from the Department of Health.
Carter was located in Fairview, Tennessee by the Tennessee Highway Patrol Friday morning.
His bond is set for $110,000 dollars and is being held at the Williamson County Jail.