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This memo was released on November 3, 2015 by Kevin W. Quigley, Secretary of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The memo announces a pause in the state's plans to create new civil commitment and forensic competency restoration wards at Western State Hospital. The bed expansion was designed to help DSHS meet the requirements of the court order in the April 2015 Trueblood decision to to provide timely competency restoration services. In the memo, DSHS Secretary Kevin W. Quigley said DSHS planned to contract to open 30 beds at the Maple Lane facility to . . .
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