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Old 11-21-2017, 06:07 PM
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‘We don't have prisoners': Eastern State Hospital works to balance patient rights, community safety

"Over the summer, Washington state lawmakers failed to agree on a capital budget, which would have included expansions at both state mental health centers like Eastern State Hospital.

Months later, scores of state building and maintenance projects are still on hold.

Millions of dollars would have added more beds at Eastern State Hospital for mentally ill patients who may have committed a crime. Eventually that expansion should help get patients well and back to their lives faster.

An independent review found Washington state keeps forensic patients hospitalized far longer than other states. The review found the long hospitalization process unusually expensive, restrictive and not necessary for public safety. Some of the forensic patients agreed and a resulting settlement has been slowly forcing change at Eastern State Hospital."


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I was really surprised by that statistic they shared in that video clip: apparently the recidivism rate for released NGRI patients is only 1%.

Just goes to show you how big a difference it can make providing community support, all those resources available to those who are conditionally-released from hospital versus those who are pretty much just thrown out on their asses and told to sink or swim when they get released from prison.
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