DSHS orders investigation into EHS patient's escape from fair - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

DSHS orders investigation into EHS patient's escape from fair

OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus has ordered Eastern State Hospital to conduct an immediate investigation over the next 30 days to figure out what went wrong with Thursday's patient outing to the Spokane County Fair.

Spokane County authorities launched a search Thursday afternoon for a "criminally insane murderer" who disappeared during the fair outing.

Dreyfus said the analysis should include hospital policy about patient outings and include a mitigation plan to prevent incidents like this in the future.

She also ordered an immediate lockdown on hospital outings involving forensic patients at the hospital.
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