mental health

Western State Hospital
6:29 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Western State Hospital CEO Resigns

The head of Washington's largest psychiatric hospital is stepping down. Western State Hospital CEO Jess Jamieson announced his resignation to hospital staff Tuesday. The announcement came as the Tacoma-area hospital deals with the aftermath of two patients' violent deaths in April. KUOW's John Ryan has the story.

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Western State Violence
6:46 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Violence On The Rise At Western State Hospital

Three employees at Western State Hospital near Tacoma were attacked by a patient Wednesday morning. Officials say the three were taken to the emergency room but could not provide more details.

Western State Hospital is Washington's most violent workplace. 335 assaults were reported there in the past 12 months. That’s a slight increase from the year before but lower than prior years.

One nurse at Western told John Ryan what it's like to become a statistic.

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PTSD
5:01 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Army Secretary: Nationwide Inquiry Underway After Madigan PTSD Scandal

US Senator Patty Murray
US Senate

A scandal over PTSD diagnoses at Madigan Army Hospital has triggered an Army-wide Inspector General investigation. That’s according to the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh.

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Kids Health
5:11 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Landmark Agreement To Improve Mental Health For Kids In Wash.

Seventeen-year-old Tina (back to camera) speaks with her attorney Emily Cooper. Tina is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Washington alleging inadequate care for mentally ill kids.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Last fall we brought you a series of stories on failures in how the Northwest treats mentally ill youth. Now, a landmark legal agreement announced Wednesday aims to bring about better treatment options for nearly 20,000 Washington kids. These are children who suffer from depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

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Mental Health Care
6:28 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

The Oregon Department of Corrections.
Photo by: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130-year-old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state's troubled history of treating people judged guilty but insane. But there are far more mentally ill people in Oregon’s standard prisons. And the inmates with the most severe mental problems are housed in a ward designed for hardened criminals. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman found that facility isn’t designed for treatment.

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Mental Health Care
7:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Senate Toughens Treatment of Violence in Mental Hospitals

Western State Hospital is one of several mental health care facilities in Washington.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A bill aimed at improving the safety of workers in mental hospitals passed the Washington state senate on Monday. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Mentally Ill Youth
6:50 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Wash. Lawmaker Pushes ‘Evidence-Based’ Treatments For Mentally Ill Youth

Washington State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson
Photo Source: Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – “Talk therapy” may work in some cases. But a Washington state lawmaker says it’s time to invest in evidence-based programs to treat mentally ill youth. This past fall we brought you a series of stories on failures in how the Northwest treats young people with serious mental health issues. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update from Olympia.

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