The case against Fairfax Behavioral Health has settled under confidential terms.

Case Status
Practice Areas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle
Case Number
Fairview Behavioral Health
File Date

Attorneys from Hagens Berman settled this case on behalf of patients that were strip-searched and video recorded while receiving treatment for mental illness at one of three Fairfax Behavioral Health locations.


  • Fairfax Behavioral Health psychiatric facility in Kirkland, WA
  • Adult general psychiatric unit, located on the seventh floor of the Providence Medical Center’s Pacific campus in Everett, WA
  • Psychiatric unit on the campus of Evergreen Health Monroe in Monroe, WA


The suit's lead plaintiff recalled being ordered to undress for an invasive strip-search when she presented for inpatient admission, even after disclosing her history of sexual abuse to the staff member. She was not given a gown or towel to cover up during the search, and the staff member watched her undress and left the door open where other staff members could see her.

Video cameras were located in the hallway, the holding area outside bathroom, and the room where the strip search was conducted. The cameras recorded her undressing and the strip-search.

The complaint stated that Fairfax’s practices—and its failure to limit the discretion of its staff—means that a substantial number of its mental health patients do not have reasonable access to inpatient care for mental health disorders.


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Case Settled

The case against Fairfax Behavioral Health has settled under confidential terms. 

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