Competency Restoration Facilities

maple lane

yakima

The state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has opened two new treatment facilities with a third opening 2019, where criminal defendants now in jail or in the community can receive competency restoration services.

Yakima Competency Restoration Program – a 24-bed all-male facility partially in use – is located at 1500 Pacific Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901.

Maple Lane Competency Restoration Program – a 30-bed co-ed facility – is located at 20311 Old Highway 9 SW, Centralia, WA 98531. It is near the Rochester/Grand Mound area.

In late 2018/early 2019, Building 27 – a 30-bed facility – is located at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA on the campus grounds of Western State Hospital.  Here is an overview of the Building 27 project.

 

DSHS understands, as is common with any significant change to a large and complex system, many of you have questions about the new alternate facilities that we hope will be answered here.

Defendants ordered into competency restoration services will be assessed through a centralized screening process to determine which of the four locations best matches their needs for recovery.

State law gives the Secretary of DSHS the discretion for placement for competency restoration. See RCW 10.77.084(1)(b), 10.77.086(1)(a)(i) and 10.77.088(1)(a).

Court Orders

The Administrative Office of the Courts released standardized forms for court orders for competency services pursuant to RCW 10.77 on December 31, 2015, after working several months with stakeholders. Checking the box for “Department Facility” (e.g. pg. 2, section 5 of the felony order) will allow DSHS to place an individual in the state hospital, Yakima, or Maple Lane, depending on the individual needs of that defendant.

Transporting Patients

Transportation for patients coming from jails will be arranged by the sending county. Patients coming to the alternate site from a state psychiatric hospital will be transported by DSHS.

RCW 10.77.078 states that jails must transport a defendant to competency restoration sites within one day of an offer of admission and must provide a defendant's medical clearance to the state hospital admissions staff. In order to make efficient use of the new facilities, and place defendants in the most appropriate facility, DSHS requests that jails work with hospital admissions staff in screening individuals for placement.

Additionally you may be contacted by admissions coordinators from Yakima or Maple Lane to determine whether a defendant in your jail is an ideal candidate for admission.

Visitation from Counsel

Just like the state hospitals, attorneys are able to visit patients at the new facilities or communicate by telephone. Plans are underway to develop a videoconferencing system that would enable attorneys to be present via video for face-to-face evaluations by an evaluator.

 

For questions regarding general questions or admissions and transport for specific individuals, please contact OFMHSwebsite@dshs.wa.gov.