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State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

August 8, 2014
by Julie Miller
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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. Advocates say the ruling will lead to better treatment.

Now the state must add short-term capacity at two hospitals and local community treatment facilities. Officials say beds at state psychiatric hospitals can cost $600 a day while community care may cost half as much.

Read the source article at Seattle Times blogs