Ross v. Inslee: Improving the Treatment and Release of NGRI Patients

In 2014, people found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (“NGRI”) and sent to the state psychiatric hospitals for treatment brought a lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”).

Ross v. Inslee, No. CV-14-00130-TOR (E.D. Wash., 2014).

The named plaintiffs are six individual NGRI patients at Western State Hospital (WSH) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH) as well as Disability Rights Washington (DRW).

The Complaint alleged, in part, that patients’ rights were being systematically violated due to inadequate treatment and release planning, and overly punitive and restrictive treatment that failed to follow clinical standards and recommendations. This lawsuit resulted in a Settlement Agreement between the plaintiffs and the DSHS that calls for changes in the treatment and release of NGRI patients.

Keywords: NGRI, treatment, release, Ross, patient rights, psychiatric hospital, Western State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Ross v. Lashway, Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

"The Right to be Rescued" Documentary Receives Superfest Advocacy Award

glass Superfest award on a deskby Tina Pinedo
November 7, 2016

On October 23, 2016, The Right to be Rescued was awarded the Disability Advocacy award at the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. 

Rooted in Rights, the video and social media project of Disability Rights Washington, produced the short documentary about the impact of natural disasters on people with disabilities.

Helen Gebreamlak joins AVID Program

Portrait of HelenDisability Rights Washington is pleased to announce that Helen Gebreamlak has joined our Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) program to help protect the rights of people with disabilities who are incarcerated. Helen was previously an Office Assistant for Disability Rights Washington before being promoted to this AVID position.

Urgent - Phase III Trueblood Diversion Request for Proposals

The parties have been working collaboratively and have agreed that these funds should be spent on issuing another RFP to fund either: A) Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), mobile crisis programs, or community-based crisis services to divert class members from the criminal justice system prior to arrest; and/or B) community services that provide prior class members with community supports to prevent recidivism.

Keywords: "Phase III" "Trueblood Phase III" "Phase III RFP" "Disability Rights Washington Phase III" "RFP Diversion Providers" "Washington state RFP"