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Judge dismisses yearslong case after state psychiatric hospitals change policies, ‘culture,’ hire more staff

A five-year court battle over how psychiatric hospitals in Washington treat patients who have been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity came to an end Wednesday, when Chief U.S. …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Woman accused of killing her child’s grandmother found competent, pleads not guilty

A woman accused of killing of her child’s grandmother was found competent to stand trial and pleaded not guilty Tuesday after completing a psychological evaluation at Eastern State Hospital.

UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

House approves $4.6 billion capital budget

House capital construction budget has nearly $112 million for projects in Spokane.

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., Oct. 15, 2018

Judge orders Spokane killing suspect to undergo more psychological treatment

A judge ordered a man investigators say killed his ex-girlfriend outside of her Spokane Valley home late last year to undergo a third round of competency restoration treatment at Eastern …

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018

Suspect in fatal shooting deemed unfit for trial; treatment ordered

A woman charged with shooting two people on the lower South Hill late last year was recently ordered to undergo involuntary mental health treatment at Eastern State Hospital after a …

UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018

Inslee: Washington should base mental health facilities in communities around state

State should move to a system of community-based mental health facilities for patients committed by the courts, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Assassin who killed a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor in the newsroom believed he was defamed in Titanic reports

The Titanic disaster was the spark that led a Russian lumberjack to shoot a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor dead in the newsroom on a Wednesday morning in late April 1912.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Spokane Valley man accused of cutting out wife’s ‘tongue from Satan’ ruled competent to stand trial

Doctors say a Ukrainian refugee who blamed demons and voices in his head for telling him to kill his wife is competent to stand trial.

Back on track: 15 years after a brain injury and fighting the mental health issues it caused, Spokane man is ready to help others

A brain injury sent Ray Holman spiraling out of control with drugs and alcohol. Now, after three stays at Eastern State, he’s ready to help others like him.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Eastern State Hospital to ban tobacco for patients

Patients at Eastern State Hospital will go tobacco-free in November.

State to pay another $3 million for mental health delays – fines could go up

Attorneys for disability rights group to ask for tougher penalties against state over delays in mental health evaluations.

UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

Eastern State Hospital patient captured after brief escape

Spokane police early Friday arrested a man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital. Dustin P. Leeds, 39, was last seen at the mental hospital in Medical Lake about 8 p.m. …

Solve side effect of mental health ruling

Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.

100 years ago in Spokane: Former deputy arrested on murder charge moments after jury acquits him in another murder case

Charles A. Palmer was declared not guilty of murder. However, right after he thanked the jury foreman for a “true verdict,” Palmer was re-arrested for another murder.

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Brother of patient who died in Eastern State Hospital suing for wrongful death

The brother of a patient who broke his neck and died under the care of Eastern State Hospital staff is suing the hospital for wrongful death.

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Spokane County faces millions in penalties for heavy use of Eastern State Hospital

Spokane County may be on the hook to pay more than $3 million to Eastern State Hospital this year for patient care, nearly a quarter of the county’s budget for …

UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017

Inslee praises Eastern State Hospital during visit to Spokane

During a visit Friday to Spokane County, Gov. Jay Inslee praised employees at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake for drastically reducing patient wait times, while encouraging health workers at …

Spokane’s new psychiatric hospital will help meet soaring demand for care

Eastern Washington is one of the hardest places in the U.S. to find a bed for mental health care. The state has been sanctioned multiple times for violating the constitutional …

Accused kidnapper referred to state hospital for sixth time

A man accused of kidnapping and assault has been ordered to return to a state hospital for his sixth evaluation by psychologists since his arrest.

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: Tragic murder mystery claimed another victim

One of Spokane’s tragic murder mysteries was turning even more tragic. Mrs. Charlotte Farquhar had lost her reason ever since her son Clarence was shot by an unknown person while …

Eastern State Hospital settles patient death lawsuit for $360,000

Eastern State Hospital has paid $360,000 to settle a lawsuit over the 2013 death of a patient who family members said was assaulted by another patient.

Charges dropped against mentally ill man accused of killing roommate

A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.

Judge to decide where man accused of attempted murder will be locked up

During closing arguments, attorneys for Avery Latham say the 24-year-old should be found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

Editorial: Shortage of mental health care providers is concerning

The increased demand for mental health care services is healthy, but the supply of caregivers is holding back progress.

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.

Spokane County signs deal with Central Washington counties for mental health beds

Spokane County will get 10 additional beds at Eastern State Hospital for mental health patients as the result of an agreement with Central Washington counties. The deal is necessary after …

Eastern State Hospital employees allege supervisor assaulted patients

Two Eastern State Hospital employees filed a lawsuit this week alleging that one of their supervisors repeatedly assaulted patients and then retaliated against them when they reported it.

100 years ago in Spokane: Five inmates escape state asylum; city celebrates beloved suffragist

From our archives, 100 years ago Five “insane criminals” made a bloody escape from the state asylum at Medical Lake and two of them −a murderer and burglar − remained …