Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he’s encouraged by changes made to ensure the state’s largest psychiatric hospital is safer for patients and staff, but some workers are critical of the efforts.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited Western State Hospital last year over health and safety violations and gave it until July 2 to fix the problems or lose millions of federal dollars.
Inslee’s tour of the hospital on Tuesday came almost a year after two dangerous patients escaped from the 800-bed facility and led law enforcement on a statewide manhunt.
Inslee told reporters after the tour that increases in staffing have benefited patients and he hopes to get the budget resources to keep that work going.