Stories tagged: eastern state hospital
Fri., Aug. 9, 2019
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
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 capital construction budget has nearly $112 million for projects in Spokane.
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018
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
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
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
State should move to a system of community-based mental health facilities for patients committed by the courts, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
Sun., April 15, 2018
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
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.
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
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
Patients at Eastern State Hospital will go tobacco-free in November.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
Attorneys for disability rights group to ask for tougher penalties against state over delays in mental health evaluations.
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017
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. …
Sun., May 14, 2017
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.
Sat., May 13, 2017
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
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 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
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 …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017
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 …
Sun., Dec. 25, 2016
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.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
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 …
Fri., June 17, 2016
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 …
Tue., June 14, 2016
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.
Fri., May 20, 2016
A man with a mental illness accused of killing his roommate last fall will be committed to a state mental hospital without standing trial.
Thu., April 21, 2016
During closing arguments, attorneys for Avery Latham say the 24-year-old should be found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
The increased demand for mental health care services is healthy, but the supply of caregivers is holding back progress.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016
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.
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
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 …
Fri., Oct. 23, 2015
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.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
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 …