How can someone be referred for services at Eastern State Hospital?

Civil - Patients may be detained by a designated mental health professional or transferred from a community inpatient psychiatric facility under RCW 71.05. Following admission, the treatment team will meet with the patient to complete assessments and then identify diagnoses, treatment goals and discharge plans. If the patient requires additional hospitalization following the initial detention period, the treatment team will make a referral for continued hospitalization and a court hearing will occur.

Family members should contact their local Behavioral Health Organization, mental health center, or crisis network if they feel their family member needs hospitalization to maintain his/her safety or the safety of others.

Forensic (legal) - Admissions to the Eastern State Hospital forensic (legal) unit are through the criminal justice system.