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Ombuds investigation shows suicide warning signs missed at Washington State prisons

| May 10, 2021 | Washington

In a report released Monday by the Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO), the OCO found that two inmates committed suicide last year after prison staff failed to see the warning signs.     This report is the continuation of a 2019 investigation, which showed the Washington State Department of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Changing MCO leadership, Sen. Patty Murray, Health in the budget

| Apr 13, 2021 | Washington

Today is day 93 of the 105-day legislative session. For such an abnormal period of time, with most of the session activities conducted virtually, this has been a somewhat ambitious session for Democratic majorities. Recent long sessions have seen some significant progressive legislating, like the public option bill and the...[ Read More ]

Committee hears testimony on COVID-19 risks in correctional facilities and API

Emily Boerger | Jul 17, 2020 | Alaska

The House State Affairs and Health and Social Services committees held a meeting this week to hear testimony on COVID-19 health risks in high risk facilities like prisons, jails, and the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). The meeting is a follow up to a workplace safety meeting held last week by...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Special session, Inslee's vetoes, Tim Lieb

| Apr 16, 2020 | Washington

It's ok to feel sad right now. It's ok to feel less productive than what you'd like. We're all going through a trauma, as individuals and as a community. This is not a time for us to be at our best. It's a time for us to hold on as...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Supplemental budgets, Presidential Primary, Lindsay Harris

| Feb 26, 2020 | Washington

I'm hitting send from 30,000 feet, flying to a conference in Florida. It's a wonder of our modern economy that one can work remotely from the air while writing to a list of over 25,000 readers. That isn't stopping the folks next to me about complaining about the seating, or...[ Read More ]

WA Dept. of Corrections releases RFI on Electronic Health Record Systems

Emily Boerger | Feb 25, 2020 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) recently issued a Request for Information to research and analyze the pros and cons of purchasing an Electronic Health Record system (EHR) for the state’s correctional facilities. An EHR is an electronic version of a patient’s medical chart, encompassing all aspects of a...[ Read More ]