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Western State patient releases can be delayed years for lack of outside beds

A sign sits by the entrance to Western State Hospital on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Lakewood, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee spoke with media members Tuesday after touring the state’s largest psychiatric hospital to get an update on its efforts to address safety problems that got it into trouble with federal regulators. Western State Hospital is at risk of losing millions in federal funds over health and safety violations that were discovered last year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) WAET106 WAET106

Not enough beds in community-based facilities means longer stays at Western State Hospital, where the median time spent on the discharge list at Western State Hospital is 104 days. Some people have waited years, even decades after the hospital says they are ready to go.

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