CMS threatens to cut funding at Western State Hospital


When an individual becomes a patient at Western State Hospital, Washington's largest psychiatric hospital, their rights should not be left at the door. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent termination notices to Western State Hospital three times in the past year for its failure to provide a safe therapeutic environment. David Carlson, DRW’s Director of Legal Advocacy, shared with the Associated Press that Western State Hospital is “operating at its limits right now. When there's not appropriate staffing, bad things happen."

From Disability Rights Washington’s long history of monitoring the facility, including the forensic unit, we know that patient rights aren’t always respected. In DRW’s publication, “Patient Rights at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital,” Section 1.1 states, “A patient has the right to receive care in a safe environment and be free from all forms of abuse, neglect and harassment.” DRW believes that each patient in these facilities has the right to be safe, and improving conditions in treatment facilities is and continues to be one of its priorities.

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The Chronicle: Feds Threaten to Cut Funding to State's Largest Psychiatric Hospital Three Times

KIRO 7: Feds threaten to cut funding to psychiatric hospital 3 times

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