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  • Legal settlement clears way for mental hospital patients to resume field trips

    A crackdown on patients leaving the grounds of state mental hospitals put in place after the high-profile escape from an outing to the Spokane County Fair in 2009 will be …


  • Suit argues rights of mentally ill infringed

    Five years ago, Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip Paul – a man who had been acquitted of a violent murder based on “insanity” – walked away from a supervised group …


  • Interstate fair taking shape

    This year’s Spokane County Interstate Fair will be an “ag-venture,” but it won’t be dangerous. No criminally committed mental patients will be allowed to attend, Director Rich Hartzell said Friday …


  • Escape of Eastern State patient during trip to fair leads to suspensions, demotion

    Seven Eastern State Hospital employees have been disciplined following investigations into the September escape of a criminally committed patient from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, state …


  • Eastern State Hospital workers disciplined in Paul escape

    Seven Eastern State Hospital employees have been disciplined following investigations into the September 2009 escape of a criminally committed patient from a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair, …


  • Paul escape prompts release-restrictions law

    OLYMPIA – A bill sparked by the escape of an Eastern State Hospital patient during a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair was signed into law Wednesday. House …


  • Bill would curb patient trips

    Dangerous mental health patients would be barred from leaving state hospitals for most excursions without specific court orders under a bill the Legislature is considering. The bill, prompted by the …


  • Field trips seen as key to treatment

    Eastern State Hospital staff has been taking criminally committed patients on community outings to such places as Spokane Indians baseball games, Manito Park and the STA Plaza for years, according …


  • State curbs field trips for some mental patients

    A state psychiatric hospital review panel has found that Eastern State Hospital policies and procedures were out of date and its staff was not paying sufficient attention to safety issues …