Despite recent highly publicized walkaways from Western State Hospital, a family soccer match like this one Wednesday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood is actually getting safer this year, because the hospital fenced off an interior section of its campus. Disappearances are on track to drop much further this year after 181incidents in which patients went missing in 2014 and 81 in 2015. March was the first month in at least a couple of years with no reported “unauthorized leave” incidents.
Despite recent highly publicized walkaways from Western State Hospital, a family soccer match like this one Wednesday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood is actually getting safer this year, because the hospital fenced off an interior section of its campus. Disappearances are on track to drop much further this year after 181incidents in which patients went missing in 2014 and 81 in 2015. March was the first month in at least a couple of years with no reported “unauthorized leave” incidents. Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com
Despite recent highly publicized walkaways from Western State Hospital, a family soccer match like this one Wednesday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood is actually getting safer this year, because the hospital fenced off an interior section of its campus. Disappearances are on track to drop much further this year after 181incidents in which patients went missing in 2014 and 81 in 2015. March was the first month in at least a couple of years with no reported “unauthorized leave” incidents. Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com

Regular, but fewer, walkaways at Western State

April 22, 2016 7:43 AM