At Western State Hospital in Lakewood, the state’s largest and most crowded psychiatric hospital, referrals to forensic wards have shot up 36 percent when comparing the first five months of 2017 to the same period in 2016, according to preliminary data from the state. The exterior of the hospital is shown Wednesday, Sept. 13.
At Western State Hospital in Lakewood, the state’s largest and most crowded psychiatric hospital, referrals to forensic wards have shot up 36 percent when comparing the first five months of 2017 to the same period in 2016, according to preliminary data from the state. The exterior of the hospital is shown Wednesday, Sept. 13. David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
At Western State Hospital in Lakewood, the state’s largest and most crowded psychiatric hospital, referrals to forensic wards have shot up 36 percent when comparing the first five months of 2017 to the same period in 2016, according to preliminary data from the state. The exterior of the hospital is shown Wednesday, Sept. 13. David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

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