Western State Hospital (Washington)

Western State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital located at 9601 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood, Washington. Administered by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, it is a large facility with 806 beds, Washington's second-oldest state-owned enterprise. One of two state-owned adult psychiatric hospitals, the other being Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, the hospital treats patients using psychiatric medications, mental health counseling, group therapy, psychiatric rehabilitation, behavior modification therapies; the hospital is divided into 4 specific acute treatment areas: PTRC Central and South for the treatment of civil and voluntarily committed adult patients, PTRC East for the treatment of older and geriatric patients, both civil and voluntary, the Center for Forensic Services that provides court-ordered evaluations and treatment for patients with legal charges and/or convictions, the Child Study and Treatment Center, which provides treatment for children under the age of 18 years.

The facility was established in Washington Territory as Fort Steilacoom Asylum in 1871, predating statehood by 20 years, in former buildings of Fort Steilacoom, a U. S. Army post from 1849 to 1868. In 1875, the territorial government took control due to complaints about patient neglect, brutal abuse and poor living conditions. One of its better known patients was Frances Farmer; the original buildings of the asylum were demolished in 1886 to make way for a larger structure. It was renamed Western Washington Hospital for the Insane and the main ward was completed in 1887. In each of the following decades numerous out-buildings were constructed. In 1915, it grew in various stages. Following news reports concerning serious understaffing at the hospital and several involuntarily committed patients escaping, including a person accused of murder, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Washington State governor Jay Inslee fired Western State Hospital's Chief Executive Officer at the time, Ron Adler; the escape follows years of other problems including workplace discrimination, sexual harassment lawsuits, excessively long patient admission times.

Frances Farmer, actress Official Website at DSHS Western State Hospital Memorial Cemetery at Find A Grave

Larry Lee Jr.

Larry Lee Jr. is a Democratic politician and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 84th District, which includes eastern St. Lucie County, from 2012 to 2018. Lee was born in Statesboro and moved to the state of Florida, where he graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1972, attended Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he graduated with a degree in health and physical education in 1976. Following graduation, he moved back to Florida and worked as an insurance agent starting a small business that provides State Farm Insurance. In 2012, after the Florida House of Representatives districts were redrawn, Lee opted to run in the newly created 84th District, he faced State Representative Adam Fetterman and teacher Kevin Stinnette in the Democratic primary, whom he was able to defeat with 53% of the vote. In the general election, Lee faced the Republican nominee. Though the race was hotly contested, he emphasized the need for a positive campaign, declaring, "I think my opponent is a wonderful person, that's all I'd like to say about her," emphasizing the fact that the two were friends.

Throughout the course of the campaign, Lee outraised Miller, raising $170,000, nearly twice what Miller raised in her campaign. He campaigned on his history of working with people of both parties, emphasizing that he would do it in the legislature, noting, "All this partisanship and bickering has got to cease." Lee defeated Miller with 52% of the vote, winning his first term in the House. During his time in the legislature, Lee worked with State Senator Joe Negron to protect the Indian River Lagoon, working with Negron to try to secure $230 million to protect the region, joined Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford and Negron when they toured the Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee to see how the United States Army Corps of Engineers releases polluted water runoff from the Lake into the canals leading to the Lagoon. Additionally, Lee sponsored legislation that aimed to promote youth literacy in two- and three-year-olds, arguing, "Literacy is the key to all learning. If a child can't read their chance of succeeding in life and graduating from high school decreases dramatically.

This bill gives them a jump start in the area of literacy." Florida House of Representatives – Larry Lee Jr