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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.

Judge Sides Again With Washington Foster Youth

Jul 21, 2014
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The state of Washington must do more to locate foster children who run away. That’s just one of the requirements contained in a court order issued Monday in Bellingham. This is the latest chapter in a nearly 16-year-long legal fight to improve Washington’s foster care system.

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Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Only the person who got the check isn’t an employee. And she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. Who are these road warriors? Austin Jenkins finds out.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A shipbuilding executive with no social work experience will head Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced that appointment and four other cabinet picks Thursday.

Inslee’s choice for DSHS Secretary is former Democratic State Senator Kevin Quigley. He’s far from an agency insider. In fact most recently he was a president with Vigor Industrial, a major shipbuilder. At one point Quigley ran the company’s Everett shipyard.

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The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

A fight over unwanted sexual behavior may have led to the apparent murder of a patient at Washington’s Western State Hospital. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in connection with the death last Friday.