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DRW releases revised Patient Rights at State Hospitals booklet

June 13, 2018DRW's Treatment Facilities program has updated its publication, "Patient Rights at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital." This booklet provides information about the rights of both civil patients and forensic patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals run by the State of Washington: Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.

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