DSHS Secretary orders immediate investigation
Posted: Sep 17, 2009
SPOKANE -- Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus has ordered an immediate "review and analysis" of the circumstances surrounding the patient field trip to the Spokane Interstate Fair that ended with the escape of Phillip Paul Thursday.
Dreyfus, who coincidentally was in Spokane Thursday on an unrelated matter, has ordered Eastern State Hospital to conduct an "immediate critical incident review over the next 30 days to analyze what went wrong" with the outing which ended with Phillip Paul, a criminally insane killer, being able to escape from hospital attendants that were accompanying the group.
Dreyfus has also ordered an immediate lockdown on field trips involving forensic patients at Eastern State Hospital.
(What about outings for the criminally insane from Western State to the Puyallup Fair? Any of these warm and fuzzy outings going on in other places? The public has a right to know.)
Forensic patients are people who enter the mental health system through the criminal justice system like Phillip Paul.
(When you learn that a mentally ill murderer with a history of escaping is on a stroll through a county fair...there isn't a soul other than those who made the decision who isn't wondering: What the hell were theses people thinking? Who makes theses whole-ass decisions? The issue isn't "what went wrong" with the outing...the issue is who made the decision that the criminally insane get to walk among us? Little kids, the elderly, the disabled, teen girls and boys, lots of people...places to hide...quick actions....I hope Dreyfus investigates the whole policy. And, I think she will.