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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

August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…

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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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