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The father of a Spokane woman shot to death by her husband in a murder-suicide is pushing for expanded mental health laws in Washington.

The day after Christmas is the deadline for the state of Washington to end a practice known as psychiatric “boarding.”

State of Idaho

A new center for treating people having a mental health crisis is now open in Idaho. Officials held a ribbon-cutting in Idaho Falls Monday.

The center is the first of its kind in Idaho. It’s meant to address the need for care for people during mental health emergencies. Mental health advocates and police say too often, those people end up in jail or hospital emergency rooms. The new center is modeled after one in Billings, Montana.

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The state says it’s making progress in adding psychiatric beds to comply with a court mandate.

For years the state has had a shortage of psychiatric beds. As a result, patients with severe mental illness end up in emergency rooms until space at a psychiatric facility becomes available.

In august the state supreme court ruled that this practice of psychiatric boarding is unconstitutional. The court gave the state until December 26th to expand its inpatient capacity.

Washington Supreme Court

The state of Washington now has until the end of the year to stop “boarding” mental health patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds. The Supreme Court Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal.

This basically buys the state some breathing room. The Department of Social and Health Services will now have until December 26th to open 145 new psychiatric beds across the state. Governor Jay Inslee has freed up $30 million for the effort. As of late last month, about 200 patients were being boarded in non-psychiatric beds.

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A lawyer for psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding” says the state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws.

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The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. On Monday, The Supreme Court put a hold on a recent ruling that said it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds. The state of Washington said late Friday it can open 145 new psychiatric beds, but it needs some additional time. The Attorney General has now asked the Supreme Court to “stay” its ruling for 120-days.

Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental-Health Providers

Aug 25, 2014
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The state’s effort to rein in Medicaid costs has created deep friction between small businesses that deliver behavioral-health services to Medicaid patients and a new contractor hired to manage them.

Wash. Must Find 200 Beds For Psychiatric Patients

Aug 14, 2014
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The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds by Aug. 27 for an estimated 200 mental health patients by Aug. 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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