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Which nursing homes overuse antipsychotic drugs?

Potent sedatives not recommended for many elderly residents who get them

Nursing home
Residents without psychosis or related condition who received antipsychotics*
US median, 16.7%
Residents with
Medicaid coverage
Residents with
behavioral problems
Nurse-minutes per resident per day

SOURCES: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Data are for 2010. Nursing homes were not included if there were no data on antipsychotic drug use. Some data on nursing homes were taken from 2009 because no 2010 data were available. Data on nurses refer to Registered Nurses.

* Psychosis or related condition as defined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Matt Carroll, Kay Lazar and Tom Giratikanon/Globe Staff

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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