Western State Hospital admitted nine involuntary commitment patients last week, ending a 13-day halt in detentions.
The state psychiatric hospital in Lakewood on Wednesday resumed treating patients on court orders for 90-day involuntary commitments, according to the state Department of Social and Health Services.
A waiting list stood at 35 patients Friday, down from 41 a week earlier but up from the roughly 20 that officials said is normal. The hospital has 557 beds for involuntary commitment.
Patients on a 90-day commitment can be treated instead in local facilities, but that takes up room that’s supposed to be used for shorter-term detentions — worsening overcrowding that continues to leave patients to be detained in emergency rooms and other local hospital units.