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Psychiatric hospital staff struggle with assault, chickenpox

While Washington’s lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state’s ailing mental health system, workers at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, …

UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Lawmakers approved plan to fix the mental health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of …

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: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget and policy plans Tuesday for fixing the state’s struggling mental health system in the coming years.

Washington mental hospital sees rise in attacks

Attacks are on the rise at Western State Hospital, leaving patients, their families and health care workers fearful on a daily basis, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Nurse who lost part of ear in patient assault sues state

A nurse at Washington state’s troubled psychiatric hospital who lost part of her ear when she was assaulted by a patient is suing the state for $5 million, claiming officials …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 5 p.m.

Nurse attacked at Western State Hospital psychiatric ward

A patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital vaulted over a nurse’s station last weekend, knocked a nurse to the floor, choked her and bit part of her ear off. …

UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Western State Hospital is ‘like going into hell’

Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and …

U.S.: Care lacking at troubled Washington psychiatric hospital

A patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital received a new feeding tube but wasn’t monitored for pain medications, vital signs or wound care.

UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Lakewood aims to block release of dangerous psychiatric patients

The city that houses Western State Hospital, Washington’s main psychiatric facility, is fighting to keep patients from being released into its boundaries.

UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

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.

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: Wed., April 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.

State making improvements at troubled psychiatric hospital

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he’s encouraged by the changes that have been made to ensure the state’s largest psychiatric hospital is safer for both patients and staff.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Murder charge refiled against psychiatric hospital escapee Anthony Garver

Prosecutors have filed another murder charge against a man who broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital last year after an initial murder charge was dropped when doctors determined …

Former escaped psychiatric patient sentenced to prison for probation violation

Anthony Garver, the subject of a

Psychiatric hospital patient has Legionnaires’ disease

A patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.

Psychiatric hospital investigated over photos of patient

Investigations have been launched at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital after unauthorized photos of a patient were found on an employee’s personal phone.

Mental hospital implements new policy for escaped patients

Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has revised its policies for notifying the police when a patient goes missing or escapes from the facility.

Bryant blasts Inslee over problems at mental hospital

Washington state gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant stood behind a table holding 25,000 keys on Wednesday and called on Gov. Jay Inslee to release reports on staffing and other problems at …

Lax security at Western State Hospital led murder suspect to escape to Spokane

Corrections officials who investigated the April escape of two violent patients from Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital say they discovered a list of mistakes, blunders and deceptions at what should …

Court: Race-based staffing decision at Western State Hospital violates law

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a state psychiatric hospital violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when it issued a weekend directive that white staffers be sent to …

Documents: Escaped psychiatric patient had planned bombing

SEATTLE – A patient accused of torturing a woman to death before escaping from a troubled Washington state psychiatric hospital earlier this year also had a fascination with the Islamic …

Commissioner orders oversight of Western State Hospital admissions

A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint an expert to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital.

Western State CEO ordered to admit patient or go to jail

A Pierce County court commissioner on Friday ordered the new CEO of Western State Hospital to admit a patient to that facility or go to jail.

Western State Hospital patient escapes, is quickly captured

A patient escaped Monday from Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital but was captured soon after, authorities said. Lakewood police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said the patient broke out of Western State …

UPDATED: Tue., May 3, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

Dozens escaped from Western State Hospital since 2013

When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence …

Regulators negotiate agreement with psychiatric hospital

Federal regulators have agreed to negotiate an agreement with the Washington state agency that oversees the troubled Western State Hospital to avoid the loss of federal funds.

Gov. Inslee vetoes parts of bill to aid psychiatric hospital

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed several sections of a bill aimed at improving operations at Western State Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.

Knezovich will ask state for $12,000 to pay for search for Western State Hospital escapee

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will send Governor Jay Inslee a bill for $12,030.22 this week for the cost of searching for escaped Western State Hospital inmate Anthony Garver.

Western State Hospital in dire need of control

We were reminded why mismanagement in faraway Lakewood matters here when two civil commitment patients escaped the hospital and one of them made it back to Spokane County.