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$800M for a new Western State Hospital? Washington ponders replacement amid mental-health-system woes

Exterior shot of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, WA, shot Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 207783

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services has requested $800 million from the state to build a new psychiatric facility on Western State Hospital's existing campus for patients coming from the criminal justice system. The agency says that trying to bring the hospital up to current code would cost more than $200 million.

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