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Media Coverage

For all media inquiries, contact Alexandra Deas, Communications Coordinator. Phone: (206) 324-1521 x 117 Email: alexandrad@dr-wa.org [1]


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 [2]

April 5, 2020

The News Tribune- Advocates want fewer patients at Western State during pandemic; state says effort underway [3]

The Spokesman-Review- As state settles on guidelines about who would get care in worst-case scenario, disability advocates raise flags [4]

April 3, 2020

NW News NetworkA Washington inmate fears coronavirus could sweep through his prison like a fire [5]

The Spokesman-ReviewHealth care workers concerned, advocates call for patients’ release as Eastern State Hospital tallies 2nd case of COVID-19 [6]

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. [7]

March 25, 2020

Inlander: Disability groups file complaint saying rationing care could violate civil rights [8]

MyNorthwest: Advocacy group says people with disabilities could get denied COVID-19 treatment [9]

March 24, 2020

DNYUZ: Whose Life is Worth Saving? In Washington State, People With Disabilities Are Afraid They Won’t Make the Cut [10]

The Mighty: If I Get Covid-19 It Might Be Ableism – Not the Virus – That Kills Me [11]

March 23, 2020

New York Times: Will Disabled People Be at a Disadvantage for Scarce Coronavirus Treatment? [12]

Seattle Times: People with disabilities would suffer if coronavirus care is rationed, advocates say in civil-rights complaint [13]

NPR: Disability Groups File Federal Complaint About COVID-19 Care Rationing Plans [14]

Associated Press: Rights Groups: Coronavirus Treatment Plan Discriminates [15]

Bloomberg Law: Virus Stokes Discrimination Concerns From Disability Groups (2) [16]

Kitsap Sun: Washington rights groups: coronavirus treatment plan discriminates [17]

March 18, 2020

NW News Network: It’s not just nursing homes. Threat of coronavirus outbreak looms in other communal settings [18]

Oregon Public Broadcast: Coronavirus Outbreak Threat Looms In NW Communal Settings Like Jails, Shelters” [19]

KUOW: Covid Behind Bars [20]

The Spokesman-Review: Spokane County courts working to alleviate jail crowding amid COVID-19 concerns [21]

The News Tribune: Changes to Pierce County jail and courts in COVID-19 pandemic ‘evolving day by day [22]

March 17, 2020

Washington Patch.com: Gov. Inslee Urged To Release Certain Prisoners Amid Coronavirus [23]

Seattle Times: Advocacy groups urge Inslee to release thousands from Washington prisons due to coronavirus risks [24]

March 16, 2020

KLCC- Canceled oral arguments, mandatory telework. Coronavirus forces emergency measures at WA agencies [25]

October 18, 2018
Inlander: A new report reveals dismal conditions in an Iowa institution where Washington state ships foster kids [26]

October 17, 2018
Seattle Times: Report: Washington foster kids sent to Iowa were abused in facility run ‘like a correctional institution’ [27]

InvestigateWest: Washington sent abused, neglected kids to jail-like Iowa group home with “abusive” practices [28]

NW News Network: Report describes ‘abusive restraint practices’ for Washington foster youth sent out of state [29]

KING5: Tacoma foster child sent to out-of-state institution says ‘it was a nightmare’  [30]

Edmonds Patch: Wash. Foster Kids Abused At Iowa Institution: Report [31]

May 1, 2018
Washington State Penitentiary Facing Lawsuit for Violating Rights of Mentally Ill Inmates [32]

April 26, 2018
Washington Shuts Down Care Provider For Disabled Adults, Now Families Face Tough Decisions [33]

April 21, 2018
Lawsuit: Inmates with Mental Illness At Walla Walla Locked In Cells 16 Hours a Day [34]

March 7, 2018
Washington State House Democrats: Rep. Pettigrew bill creates an ombuds for the Department of Corrections
[35]International Examiner: Survivorship & Disability: Organizing for Liberation Together [36]

February 19, 2018
The Olympian: With $50M in fines piled up over help for mentally ill, the state is seeking a settlement
[37]The News Tribune: With $50M in fines piled up over help for mentally ill, the state is seeking a settlement [38]

February 9, 2018
SLOG: Protesters in Olympia Blame Police for Woman’s Death; Police Blame Paramedics [39]

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 [40]

January 10, 2018
NPR’s All Things Considered: ‘She Can’t Tell Us What’s Wrong’ [41]

October 26, 2017
The News Tribune: Contempt order and more fines for agency slow to provide mental-health evaluations [42]

October 25, 2017
The Seattle Times: Judge hold Washington state mental-health agency in contempt, orders fines [43]

October 25, 2017
The Spokesman-Review: Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines [44]

July 26, 2017
Public News Service: ADA Anniversary: Law “Desegregated” U.S. for People with Disabilities [45]

July 17, 2017
The Seattle Times: Settlement: Seattle to build thousands of sidewalk curb ramps over next 18 years [46]

February 17, 2017
The Spokesman-Review: Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill [47]

February 2017
Washington Criminal Defense Magazine: Patients Not Prisoners [48]

December 30, 2016
DN Op-Ed: Friday Free Form – State Fines Growing [49]

December 22, 2016
The Lewiston Tribune: State accrues $7.5M in contempt fines [50]

December 16, 2016
Seattle PI: State pays thousands in fines as jailed patients wait in limbo [51]

December 14, 2016
Seattle PI: No place to be sick: When jail cell becomes a death chamber [52]

December 12, 2016
Crosscut: State resorts to housing mentally ill in solitary [53]

December 11, 2016
The Columbian: Inmate suicides challenge jails
[54]

November 20, 2016
Yakima Herald: Report says Yakima County jail inmates with disabilities not being treated fairly [55]

August 31, 2016
King 5: South King County Jail Reduces Use of Solitary Confinement [56]

August 12, 2016
Seattle Weekly: Report on Jail Inmates’ Limiting Voting Access May Spur Change in King County [57]

August 10, 2016
The News Tribune: Editorial: Bring ballots behind bars in Pierce County [58]

August 10, 2016
Moscow Pullman Daily News Opinion: Jails should confine people, not their right to vote [59]

August 6, 2016
The Seattle Times: Washington must help more developmentally disabled live independently, lawsuit says [60]

August 5, 2016
KOMO News: Report: Wash. state jails fail to provide voting access [61]

August 3, 2016
Seattle PI: Fit to leave, dozens stay housed at Washington homes for disabled [62]

August 2, 2016
King 5: Disabilities Group Sues Over Institutions [63]

April 26, 2016
The Seattle Times: Head of state’s commitment center for sexual predators resigns [64]

February 9, 2016
The Spokesman-Review: Judge gives Washington mental hospitals more time to fix programs
[65]

February 9, 2016
KOMO News: Federal Judge gives state time to help inmates with mental illness [66]

December 9, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Washington State’s Special Commitment Center Faces New Challenge [67]

November 5, 2015

KUOW: Mentally disabled predators languish at Washington’s Island Lock-up for Sex Offenders [68]

November 3, 2015
New Mobility: Seattle Sued Over Broken, Missing Curb Cuts [69]

October 31, 2015
The Seattle Times: State’s center for sex predators told to reform or be sued [70]

October 9, 2015
Seattlish: Disability Rights Washington is Suing the City (and They Have a Really Great Hashtag) [71]

October 8, 2015
Q13 FOX: Federal suit claims Seattle puts those with disabilities at risk with ‘crappy curbs’ [72]

October 8, 2015
KOMO News: Federal lawsuit claims Seattle sidewalks, streets are inadequate [73]

October 8, 2015
KUOW: Disability Advocates File Suit Against Seattle Over Crummy Curbs [74]

April 19, 2015
Wall Street Journal: Mental Health treatment for defendants dogged by delays [75]

April 18, 2015
The Spokesman-Review: State seeks clarity on ruling about holding [76]

March 17, 2015
The Seattle Times Editorial: DSHS should be mitigating, not litigating, mental health problems [77]

March 16, 2015
NPR: Mentally ill languish in Washington jails; Federal trial set to begin [78]

February 11, 2015

The Seattle Times: Lawmakers Consider Ways to Improve Mental-Health Services [80]

May 7, 2014
The Inlander: Patients at Eastern and Western State Hospitals File Civil Rights Lawsuit [83]