Rules to prohibit 'psychiatric boarding' go into effect today as Washington care providers race to expand services

December 27, 2014 4:25 AM

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Rules to prohibit 'psychiatric boarding' go into effect today as Washington care providers race to expand services

Starting Dec. 26, hospitals will have to drastically change how they handle psychiatric patients for whom they have no space.

This is the result of a court ruling in August in which the Washington state Supreme Court banned psychiatric boarding, the practice of detaining a mentally ill patient at a hospital without providing treatment because of a lack of psychiatric resources.

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