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DRW and Hagens Berman File Class Action Lawsuit Against Fairfax Behavioral Health

May 1, 2019Attorneys from Hagens Berman and Disability Rights Washington filed a class-action complaint on behalf of a proposed class of hundreds of patients that were arbitrarily strip-searched and/or video recorded while receiving treatment for mental illness at Fairfax psychiatric facilities located in Kirkland, Everett and Monroe, WA.

Treatment Facilities Team welcomes new member

December 20, 2018The Treatment Facilities Team is happy to welcome Elizabeth Jiménez to our team!

Parties receive final approval for settlement agreement to reform Washington’s forensic mental health system

December 20, 2018On December 11, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman approved a settlement agreement in the AB vs DSHS (Trueblood) class action lawsuit.

Patients, State settle lawsuit and improve patient treatment

August 10, 2016SPOKANE – A settlement agreement has been reached that will lead to important reforms for patients found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and sent to the state hospitals for treatment.

WA Supreme Court rules “psychiatric boarding” illegal

August 7, 2014Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that warehousing individuals with mental illness in hospital emergency rooms where they do not get the mental health treatment they need violates state law.

Patient lawsuit demands treatment, not punishment

May 7, 2014SEATTLE - Three State hospital patients are suing the state to restore rights recently taken away from them.

Feds cite 40,000 violations in Spokane’s Lakeland Village

November 21, 2013Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: DSHS decision to give up on residents of state-run nursing facility violates rights