Dysfunction at Western State Hospital

Chad MinnickNews

A tough but accurate description of the current dysfunction at Western State Hospital:

“Lawmakers poured in at least $120 million in the last two years by opening more than 150 new short-term psychiatric beds in community hospitals and paying for two new wards at Western State Hospital.

Problem solved? Nope

Meanwhile, the hospital has a toxic labor-management culture, with rapid turnover, union votes of no confidence in the leadership and a pattern of retaliation against whistleblowers. Three years into Insleeā€™s administration, this is on him.”

We have been doing our job as legislators, adding funding. It is now up to the administration to actually provide the services.