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October 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Federal judge denies order for mentally ill in Washington jails

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A federal judge says she does not have enough information to grant a temporary restraining order that would make sweeping changes to Washington’s mental health system. But U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman told lawyers at a Wednesday hearing that she sees serious constitutional concerns in the way the state handles mentally…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: ACLU, mental health, U.S. District Court

September 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Mental Health Court is paying off for city, officials say

In 1999, Seattle became one of the first cities in the country to establish a special Municipal Court program for defendants with mental illnesses. The move is still paying off, officials told the City Council on Monday. Defendants are referred to Seattle’s Mental Health Court by judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors, jail staff and others, and…

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Comments | Topics: mental health, Seattle Municipal Court

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

April 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

State Supreme Court to hear case on ‘boarding’ mentally ill residents

The state Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that could fundamentally change the way severely mentally ill residents are handled when most in need of treatment. The justices said today they will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of so-called “psychiatric boarding” — when residents involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment are parked for hours or…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, Pierce County, psychiatric boarding

April 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Appeals court kicks ‘psychiatric boarding’ case to state Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court is getting a chance to rule on the constitutionality of making involuntarily-detained mentally ill residents wait for hours or days in hospital emergency rooms before receiving treatment. A Pierce County-based appellate judge on Wednesday kicked a major case about so-called “psychiatric boarding” to the high court, although it’s not yet known whether…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, psychiatric boarding, state supreme court

August 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Man arrested after allegedly ramming medical center with truck

A man who had been involuntarily committed on a temporary mental health hold two days ago was arrested this morning after he allegedly rammed a truck into a medical center seveal times and then tried to smash a deputy’s patrol car, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Stanley said the man, who…

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Comments | Topics: Highline Medical Center, mental health, truck

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