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August 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Court’s psychiatric boarding ban will cost Washington tens of millions

Complying with the state Supreme Court’s recent ban on warehousing psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms will cost Washington’s already underfunded mental health system tens of millions of dollars, health administrators said Thursday morning. The state has been scrambling to respond to the high court’s ruling for the past week, but so far has only been able to free…

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Comments | Topics: Andi Smith, Department of Social and Health Services, Gov. Jay Inslee

January 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Audit: State worker, boss spent hours shopping on the job

A state Department of Social and Health Services worker spent more than 75 hours browsing the Internet on the job during a four-month stretch last year, according to an audit released Monday. The worker, who was not identified, used his computer to shop for boats, motorcycles, pet supplies, guns and a chainsaw, according to a report…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Audit, Department of Social and Health Services, DSHS

January 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Man sues Longview care home over wife’s hypothermia death

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — A man who is suing a Washington state dementia-care home over the freezing death of his wife has asked the court to expedite testimony. Donald Sheldon turns 90 next month and says he may not live to see the trial. He and Norma Sheldon were married for 69 years. He says…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: accidental death, Department of Social and Health Services, lawsuit

December 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

State to pay $11 million to foster children from Tacoma ‘house of horrors’

The state has agreed to pay $11 million to resolve a lawsuit filed against the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and 21 social workers by six people who claim they were sexually and physically abused by their foster parents. The lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial in U.S. District Court early next…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, Tacoma, U.S. District Court

December 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Isaac Zamora deemed too dangerous, sent to state prison for now

Isaac Zamora, the Skagit County man who killed six people, including a sheriff’s deputy and a friend in 2008, was transferred to the Department of Corrections just after 8 a.m. today after he was deemed too dangerous for staff at the state mental hospital. According to a Department of Social and Health Services’ news release sent…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Department of Corrections, Department of Social and Health Services, Isaac Zamora

September 23, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Six offenders at Snoqualmie juvenile facility arrested after staff assault and escape

Six boys serving time a state juvenile detention center in Snoqualmie were arrested this morning after authorities say they planned a violent escape that left a staff member at the facility injured and police searching for them in the woods. A female staff member at Echo Glen Children’s Center was found unconscious around 11:30 p.m. last…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, King County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Cindi West

June 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Mass killer Zamora to stay in mental hospital

A Skagit County judge has ruled that mass murderer Isaac Zamora will remain at Western State Hospital indefinitely rather than be sent to prison, according to the Skagit Valley Herald. Superior Court Judge Michael Rickert ruled this morning that Zamora has not met the legal or hospital criteria to be released from Western State Hospital, where he has lived full-time…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, homicide, Isaac Zamora

February 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

2-year-old dies in shower in Whatcom County

From The Associated Press: The Whatcom County sheriff’s office and Child Protective Services are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who apparently drowned while taking a shower with his cousins — ages 3 and 5 — at a home near Deming. Sheriff Bell Elfo says the boy was in the care of his aunt and uncle,…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death investigation, Deming, Department of Social and Health Services

February 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Woman wins $3M from state in hospital-rape settlement

Associated Press OLYMPIA– Washington state has agreed to pay $3 million to a developmentally disabled woman who was raped in 2008 by another patient at a state psychiatric hospital. The settlement approved Thursday avoids a trial set for this spring on the patient’s lawsuit. The Department of Social and Health Services says it believes the money fairly compensates…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, Eastern State Hospital, mental health