Stories tagged: Western State Hospital
Fri., May 10, 2019, 4:44 p.m.
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.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
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 Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget and policy plans Tuesday for fixing the state’s struggling mental health system in the coming years.
Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 11:04 a.m.
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.
Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 8:20 p.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Wed., June 27, 2018, 2:02 p.m.
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.
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.
State should move to a system of community-based mental health facilities for patients committed by the courts, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
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.
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.
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 …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
Anthony Garver, the subject of a
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
A patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 9:49 p.m.
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.
Thu., Oct. 6, 2016, 4:44 p.m.
Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has revised its policies for notifying the police when a patient goes missing or escapes from the facility.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 1:23 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:22 p.m.
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 …
Thu., July 28, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
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 …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
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 …
Sun., July 10, 2016, 9:20 p.m.
A Pierce County court commissioner has ordered the state to appoint an expert to oversee changes in admissions policies at Western State Hospital.
Fri., June 10, 2016, 8:11 p.m.
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.
Mon., May 16, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
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.
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 …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 8:38 a.m.
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.
Mon., April 25, 2016, 11:28 a.m.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed several sections of a bill aimed at improving operations at Western State Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 6 p.m.
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.
Wed., April 13, 2016
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.