- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - In a story June 20 about a contempt order involving the CEO of Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press reported erroneously which judge entered a stay in the case. It was the presiding judge of Monday’s hearing, not Superior Court Commissioner Craig Adams.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Order sending hospital CEO to jail is stayed

The CEO of Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital was spared jail time Monday after a hold was placed on a contempt order that would have placed her behind bars for failing to hospitalize a mentally ill patient

By MARTHA BELLISLE



Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) - The CEO of Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital was spared jail time Monday after a stay was issued to a contempt order that would have placed her behind bars for failing to hospitalize a mentally ill patient.

A stay was issued in the case one day ahead of the deadline that required the patient to be moved to Western State Hospital, according to Kathy Spears, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees the 800-bed facility.

“The state’s motion for a stay - jail and penalties - was granted this morning in Pierce County Superior Court,” Spears said. “Our legal team will determine next steps.”

The patient in the case has been held in a general hospital since April because there are not enough beds at Western State. The practice is referred to as “psychiatric boarding” and “single-bed certification.” The Washington Supreme Court ruled in August 2014 that warehousing mentally ill patients in hospital emergency rooms because there’s a lack of space at treatment facilities violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act.

Superior Court Commissioner Craig Adams said stranding these patients in hospitals violates their constitutional rights and ordered Strange to admit the patient or be sent to jail and face fines.

Strange refused to move the patient ahead of others on the waitlist. She faced a deadline last week, but that order was after the state Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal.

A stay has been issued while the two sides work out a solution.

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