New restrictions for patients at state hospitals - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New restrictions for patients at state hospitals

Phillip Paul escaped custody in 2009 Phillip Paul escaped custody in 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - New restrictions on trips for patients at state mental hospitals are now in effect.  It's in response to the now infamous escape of Eastern State hospital patient Phillip Paul during a field trip to the Spokane County Fair.

Patients will now only be able to leave state hospitals for medical treatment, to visit sick relatives or attend a funeral. A judge must still approve the trip.

 

 

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