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Disability Rights Washington — or one of its programs — is either mentioned in, or helped provide background information to, the following news coverage items.

May 26, 2020

Seattle Times –  New report: Arrests at Seattle hospitals highlight gaps in mental-health systems

April 5, 2020

The News Tribune- Advocates want fewer patients at Western State during pandemic; state says effort underway

The Spokesman-Review- As state settles on guidelines about who would get care in worst-case scenario, disability advocates raise flags

April 3, 2020

NW News NetworkA Washington inmate fears coronavirus could sweep through his prison like a fire

The Spokesman-ReviewHealth care workers concerned, advocates call for patients’ release as Eastern State Hospital tallies 2nd case of COVID-19

April 1, 2020

TVW- Austin Jenkins interviews Disability Rights Washington attorney Rachael Seevers on DRW’s proposals for state and local governments to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.

March 25, 2020

Inlander: Disability groups file complaint saying rationing care could violate civil rights

MyNorthwest: Advocacy group says people with disabilities could get denied COVID-19 treatment

March 24, 2020

DNYUZ: Whose Life is Worth Saving? In Washington State, People With Disabilities Are Afraid They Won’t Make the Cut

The Mighty: If I Get Covid-19 It Might Be Ableism – Not the Virus – That Kills Me

March 23, 2020

New York Times: Will Disabled People Be at a Disadvantage for Scarce Coronavirus Treatment?

Seattle Times: People with disabilities would suffer if coronavirus care is rationed, advocates say in civil-rights complaint

NPR: Disability Groups File Federal Complaint About COVID-19 Care Rationing Plans

Associated Press: Rights Groups: Coronavirus Treatment Plan Discriminates

Bloomberg Law: Virus Stokes Discrimination Concerns From Disability Groups (2)

Kitsap Sun: Washington rights groups: coronavirus treatment plan discriminates

March 18, 2020

NW News Network: It’s not just nursing homes. Threat of coronavirus outbreak looms in other communal settings

Oregon Public Broadcast: Coronavirus Outbreak Threat Looms In NW Communal Settings Like Jails, Shelters”

KUOW: Covid Behind Bars

The Spokesman-Review: Spokane County courts working to alleviate jail crowding amid COVID-19 concerns

The News Tribune: Changes to Pierce County jail and courts in COVID-19 pandemic ‘evolving day by day

March 17, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee Urged To Release Certain Prisoners Amid Coronavirus

Seattle Times: Advocacy groups urge Inslee to release thousands from Washington prisons due to coronavirus risks

March 16, 2020

KLCC- Canceled oral arguments, mandatory telework. Coronavirus forces emergency measures at WA agencies

October 18, 2018
Inlander: A new report reveals dismal conditions in an Iowa institution where Washington state ships foster kids

October 17, 2018
Seattle Times: Report: Washington foster kids sent to Iowa were abused in facility run ‘like a correctional institution’

InvestigateWest: Washington sent abused, neglected kids to jail-like Iowa group home with “abusive” practices

NW News Network: Report describes ‘abusive restraint practices’ for Washington foster youth sent out of state

KING5: Tacoma foster child sent to out-of-state institution says ‘it was a nightmare’ 

Edmonds Patch: Wash. Foster Kids Abused At Iowa Institution: Report

May 1, 2018
Washington State Penitentiary Facing Lawsuit for Violating Rights of Mentally Ill Inmates

April 26, 2018
Washington Shuts Down Care Provider For Disabled Adults, Now Families Face Tough Decisions

April 21, 2018
Lawsuit: Inmates with Mental Illness At Walla Walla Locked In Cells 16 Hours a Day

March 7, 2018
Washington State House Democrats: Rep. Pettigrew bill creates an ombuds for the Department of Corrections
International Examiner: Survivorship & Disability: Organizing for Liberation Together

February 19, 2018
The Olympian: With $50M in fines piled up over help for mentally ill, the state is seeking a settlement
The News Tribune: With $50M in fines piled up over help for mentally ill, the state is seeking a settlement

February 9, 2018
SLOG: Protesters in Olympia Blame Police for Woman’s Death; Police Blame Paramedics

January 18, 2018
The Seattle Times: ‘It’s just a matter of time before someone else dies’: Report details trouble at Washington institution for disabled people

January 10, 2018
NPR’s All Things Considered: ‘She Can’t Tell Us What’s Wrong’

October 26, 2017
The News Tribune: Contempt order and more fines for agency slow to provide mental-health evaluations

October 25, 2017
The Seattle Times: Judge hold Washington state mental-health agency in contempt, orders fines

October 25, 2017
The Spokesman-Review: Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines

July 26, 2017
Public News Service: ADA Anniversary: Law “Desegregated” U.S. for People with Disabilities

July 17, 2017
The Seattle Times: Settlement: Seattle to build thousands of sidewalk curb ramps over next 18 years

February 17, 2017
The Spokesman-Review: Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill

February 2017
Washington Criminal Defense Magazine: Patients Not Prisoners

December 30, 2016
DN Op-Ed: Friday Free Form – State Fines Growing

December 22, 2016
The Lewiston Tribune: State accrues $7.5M in contempt fines

December 16, 2016
Seattle PI: State pays thousands in fines as jailed patients wait in limbo

December 14, 2016
Seattle PI: No place to be sick: When jail cell becomes a death chamber

December 12, 2016
Crosscut: State resorts to housing mentally ill in solitary

December 11, 2016
The Columbian: Inmate suicides challenge jails

November 20, 2016
Yakima Herald: Report says Yakima County jail inmates with disabilities not being treated fairly

August 31, 2016
King 5: South King County Jail Reduces Use of Solitary Confinement

August 12, 2016
Seattle Weekly: Report on Jail Inmates’ Limiting Voting Access May Spur Change in King County

August 10, 2016
The News Tribune: Editorial: Bring ballots behind bars in Pierce County

August 10, 2016
Moscow Pullman Daily News Opinion: Jails should confine people, not their right to vote

August 6, 2016
The Seattle Times: Washington must help more developmentally disabled live independently, lawsuit says

August 5, 2016
KOMO News: Report: Wash. state jails fail to provide voting access

August 3, 2016
Seattle PI: Fit to leave, dozens stay housed at Washington homes for disabled

August 2, 2016
King 5: Disabilities Group Sues Over Institutions

April 26, 2016
The Seattle Times: Head of state’s commitment center for sexual predators resigns

February 9, 2016
The Spokesman-Review: Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs

February 9, 2016
KOMO News: Federal Judge gives state time to help inmates with mental illness

December 9, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Washington State’s Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge

November 5, 2015

KUOW: Mentally disabled predators languish at Washington’s Island Lock-up for Sex Offenders

November 3, 2015
New Mobility: Seattle Sued Over Broken, Missing Curb Cuts

October 31, 2015
The Seattle Times: State’s center for sex predators told to reform or be sued

October 9, 2015
Seattlish: Disability Rights Washington is Suing the City (and They Have a Really Great Hashtag)

October 8, 2015
Q13 FOX: Federal suit claims Seattle puts those with disabilities at risk with ‘crappy curbs’

October 8, 2015
KOMO News: Federal lawsuit claims Seattle sidewalks, streets are inadequate

October 8, 2015
KUOW: Disability Advocates File Suit Against Seattle Over Crummy Curbs

April 19, 2015
Wall Street Journal: Mental Health treatment for defendants dogged by delays

April 18, 2015
The Spokesman-Review: State seeks clarity on ruling about holding

March 17, 2015
The Seattle Times Editorial: DSHS should be mitigating, not litigating, mental health problems

March 16, 2015
NPR: Mentally ill languish in Washington jails; Federal trial set to begin

February 11, 2015

The Seattle Times: Lawmakers Consider Ways to Improve Mental-Health Services

May 7, 2014
The Inlander: Patients at Eastern and Western State Hospitals File Civil Rights Lawsuit