What is Western State Hospital?

Western State Hospital (WSH) is one of two Washington State operated psychiatric hospitals.  WSH is the regional state psychiatric hospital for 20 Western Washington counties.   Hospital treatment teams create and provide individualized intensive inpatient treatment for individuals with severe mental illness. 

Patients are admitted to WSH as a result of having received an involuntary commitment order by the court, either through a civil commitment proceeding under RCW 71.05, or a criminal justice proceeding under RCW 10.77.  There are over 500 civilly committed patients and over 200 criminally committed patients that are receiving inpatient treatment at WSH.