is archive


A Guide for Patients Deemed Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity (“NGRI”) At Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital

This guide provides information about the rights of patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals (Western State Hospital (WSH) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH))  run by the State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) following a finding of “not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI).

How to File a Complaint Against a Health Care Provider or Facility

Learn about the different ways a person can file a complaint against an individual health care provider or a health care facility in Washington state.

Patient Rights at Western State Hospital And Eastern State Hospital

This booklet provides information about the rights of patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals run by the State of Washington: Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.

External Links

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy

The Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy is an organization that helps families across the state of Washington to access both health and education support for children, youth and adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Resources for Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs

This publication of the Washington State Department of Health, Seattle Children’s, Within Reach, and the Center for Children with Special Needs, is a compressive directory of resources for Washington State families who have children with disabilities. Some of the listed resources include: child and respite care, family support, medical supplies and equipment, and transportation.

Handbook for Washington Seniors

This Legal Voice publication is a comprehensive quick-reference guide on a wide range of legal issues affecting Washington seniors, including health care, finances, housing, elder abuse, and discrimination.

Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR Hotline

CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.

Washington LawHelp

Washington LawHelp is the online legal information source maintained by Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s legal aid program for low income persons.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides a variety of medical and mental health, insurance, and crisis services. DSHS also runs the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO)

The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted living facilities. LTCO’s purpose is to protect and promote the resident rights guaranteed these residents under Federal and State law and regulations.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner runs this toll-free hotline at 1 (800) 562-6900. SHIBA provides free, unbiased health care coverage counseling to people of all ages.


BenefitsCheckUp is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). It asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save money and cover everyday expenses.

Medicare Rights Center

Medicare Rights Center works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.

Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA)

Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) works to achieve a seamless and equitable health care system, in which individuals are assured of basic rights and protections and continuity of care, regardless of who they are and the type of health insurance they have.

Washington State Community Resources for Seniors

Contents: Washington senior care options, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans benefits, Nutrition and Wellness, Legal assistance for seniors, Transportation services.

Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), Washington DOC Health Plan [PDF]

The Washington DOC Health Plan describes the medical and mental health care services available to individuals incarcerated in Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities, explains services and medical necessity, and provides information about filing appeals and presenting cases to the Care Review Committee (CRC) for approval.