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.
by Tina Pinedo
November 7, 2016
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Keywords: "Phase III" "Trueblood Phase III" "Phase III RFP" "Disability Rights Washington Phase III" "RFP Diversion Providers" "Washington state RFP"
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