How a company’s push to expand psychiatric care brought peril

Marjorie Erickson holds a photograph of her mother, Rosemary Torgesen, in Shoreline. “She was a strong, strong woman.” (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Marjorie Erickson holds a photograph of her mother, Rosemary Torgesen. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Public Crisis, Private Toll | A Seattle Times investigation: After years of Washington state’s chronic shortage in mental-health care, a quiet transformation is underway: the expansion of private psychiatric hospitals. No operator has pushed to expand more aggressively than US HealthVest, a for-profit firm, but at what cost to patients?

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