Resource: Ross v. Inslee

By: Disability Rights Washington

August 5, 2016

Disability Rights Washington

In 2014, people found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and sent to the state psychiatric hospitals for treatment brought a lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The case is called Ross v. Inslee, No. CV-14-00130-TOR (E.D. Wash., 2014).

The named plaintiffs are six individual NGRI patients at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital as well as Disability Rights Washington. The Complaint alleged, in part, that patients’ rights were being systematically violated due to inadequate treatment and release planning, and overly punitive and restrictive treatment that failed to follow clinical standards and recommendations.