WSHA launches inpatient behavioral health safety and quality program

November 5, 2020

WSHA is beginning a new safety and quality program specifically designed for freestanding psychiatric hospitals and hospitals with inpatient psychiatric units. As with WSHA’s other safety and quality work, the goal is to harness the collective energy and intelligence of the Washington State hospital community—this time to improve inpatient behavioral health care.

This behavioral health safety and quality program will bring hospitals together to collaborate on quality improvement and outcome-oriented initiatives specific to inpatient behavioral health settings. A central focus of the program will be drilling into topic areas relevant to inpatient psychiatric care settings. The content and programming for this safety and quality initiative are also intended to build on other WSHA safety and quality topics that cut across care settings (e.g., workplace violence prevention, falls, infection prevention, health equity) and offer the opportunity for hospitals to dive more deeply into how these components play out in psychiatric inpatient settings.

The program’s success depends on the involvement of hospital clinical and quality leaders like you. For more information about this program, reach out to WSHA Safety and Quality Director for Behavioral Health Brooke Evans at


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