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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Lakeland Village facility fails federal review

Lakeland Village facility fails federal review, must correct problems before taking new residents.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Care provider for Spokane adults with disabilities accused of neglect, abuse one year after sister company shut down

A year after shutting down a troubled provider of in-home care for people with developmental disabilities, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is cutting ties with the provider’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Explanations for letting man accused of ‘child torture’ off the hook aren’t a good excuse

Despite an explanation of the decision not the press charges against a man who has an extensive history of credible reports of abusing his three children, it remains inexplicable how …


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal agrees to pay back $8,847, complete community service to avoid trial on welfare fraud charges

Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original …


Settlement approved in Washington state case over delays in mental-competency evaluations

After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating an order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Western State Hospital loses certification for federal money

Federal government says Western State Hospital still does not meet standards despite improvements.


Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines

A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Family of man who fell in lake while tied to wheelchair sues

The foster family of a 22-year-old man with disabilities has sued the state of Washington and a state-contracted company, claiming caretakers left the man strapped into his wheelchair at the …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

McNeil changing treatment to avoid ‘warehousing’ some sexual predators

Group that protects rights of the disabled, Washington officials reach agreement on better treatment options for some sexual predators housed at McNeil Island.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Washington House backs new department for children and families

House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.


Riverside School District, DSHS sued for death of 5-year-old

The Riverside School District and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services are being sued in federal court for the wrongful death of a five-year-old boy.


Judge extends in-jail competency deadlines to 14 days

A federal judge has modified a permanent injunction against the Washington state agency that oversees competency evaluations for mentally ill people charged with crimes.


Marijuana patient sues state after daughter develops MRSA in foster care

Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.


Lawyers say renovated jail no place for mentally ill

Lawyers representing mentally ill defendants waiting extended periods of time for competency services are asking a federal judge for a restraining order to stop the state of Washington from sending …


Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs

A federal judge has extended the deadline for state mental hospitals to fix the system of evaluating and treating criminal defendants with suspected mental illnesses.


Gov. Inslee appoints interim leader for DSHS

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed an acting secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services while a national search begins for a permanent leader.


Head of DSHS announces resignation

The head of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services has announced his resignation after three years at the state’s biggest agency.


Lakeland Village provider’s license revoked after abuse

A care provider at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility had his credentials suspended after officials determined he put his foot on a resident’s forehead, pushed him down twice, rubbed hand sanitizer …


Lakeland Village gets reprieve

Federal officials have backed away from a threat to cut funding from Lakeland Village as a result of improvements responding to numerous violations. The Washington state Department of Social and …


Lakeland Village Nursing Facility residents to lose Medicaid funding

The federal government plans to cut off Medicaid funding for 83 residents under long-term care at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility as of next Thursday. State officials said on Wednesday that …


Foster parents decry flu vaccine requirement

A new Washington law is forcing foster care providers to make a choice: get a flu shot or stop caring for children younger than 2 years old. At least 50 …


Family of Eastern State Hospital patient who died in 2013 files lawsuit

The family of a Tri-Cities man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom in 2013 is suing. Misael Rodriguez, 43, …


Deaconess Hospital shooter got gun back from police

The man who killed his wife and then himself at Deaconess Hospital on Tuesday had been evaluated by law enforcement as a potential suicide risk less than 24 hours earlier. …


Washington drops funding for Life Skills training program

Betty Kellum dropped out of high school her senior year because she was pregnant and never went back. She worked fast-food jobs and spent four years as the in-home caregiver …


Advocacy network works to reunite parents, kids in foster care

Single father Andrew Farris knew he’d have to fight his own monsters before he could be a dad again. Farris will never forget the day he lost custody of his …


Spokane fugitive arrested in killing

A mentally ill felon from Spokane who has a history of threatening violence and escaping custody was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June killing of a Lake Stevens, Wash., …


Caregiver accused of defrauding Medicaid

An Otis Orchards health care provider is accused of defrauding Medicaid in the amount of $30,000.


Toddler’s death declared a homicide

The death of a toddler last week has been ruled a homicide. Rylee J. Castner, an 18-month-old boy, died March 31 of blunt force trauma to the head, according to …


Eastern State Hospital passes review

Eastern State Hospital has passed its latest review and will be recommended for reaccreditation by the The Joint Commission. A final decision on the Medical Lake psychiatric hospital could be …


Eastern State Hospital expects reaccreditation

An unsecured karaoke machine caused Eastern State Hospital to lose its accreditation last month, according to a report released by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. The suspension …