Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims (Department of Health)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Department of Health of Washington.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

–Hospitals that have been found in violation of the law requiring sexual assault victims to receive emergency contraception upon request

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Department of Health

Dear Vanessa Nason,

We received your public records request on November 17, 2017, for the following records: Hospitals that have been found in violoation of the law requiring sexual assault victims to receive emergency contraction upon request.

We find that your request is not clear and ask that you clarify the following so that we may respond appropriately:

What types of hospitals: Acute Care Hospitals, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency and/or Psychiatric Hospitals?
What timeframe would you be looking at: the last 3 years, 5 years, etc.?

The Department of Health uses general terms when logging complaints such as: “Patient Care” or “Health and Safety” or “Infection Control”, etc. The DOH does not specifically list “sexual assualt and emergency contraception” as an alleged issue or case nature. Once you provide us with the types of hospitals and the timeframe we may be able to provide you with a list of hospitals that have received complaints. It would contain hospitals that have received complaints with a list of alleged issues and case nature, however it may not list out specifically sexual assualt and emergency contraception. If you determined that one or several complaints might be responsive to your original request you could then order the complaint file.

Once we determine that the request has been fully clarified, we will:

• Begin the process of locating and gathering the requested documents, and
• Within five business days, provide a reasonable estimate of the time for the agency’s next response to your request.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office via email at pdrc@doh.wa.gov<mailto:pdrc@doh.wa.gov> or phone at (360) 236-4836.

Sincerely,

Julie Carrick, Assistant Manager
Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA)
HSQA/Public Disclosure Unit
111 Israel Road SE, PO Box 47865
Olympia, WA 98504-7865
Phone: (360) 236-4836 Fax: (360) 586-2171
Email: pdrc@doh.wa.gov<mailto:pdrc@doh.wa.gov>

Public Health - Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington.

From: Department of Health

Dear Vanessa Nason,

I am following up on the e-mail below dated November 21, 2017. If we do not hear from you by December 22, 2017 we will consider your public records request abandoned.

If you wish to make another public records request please do so by e-mailing PDRC@Doh.wa.gov<mailto:PDRC@Doh.wa.gov>.

Sincerely,

Julie Carrick, Assistant Manager
Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA)
HSQA/Public Disclosure Unit
111 Israel Road SE, PO Box 47865
Olympia, WA 98504-7865
Phone: (360) 236-4836 Fax: (360) 586-2171
Email: pdrc@doh.wa.gov<mailto:pdrc@doh.wa.gov>

Public Health - Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington.

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

I am looking for records on emergency rooms that have been found in violation of Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 70.41.020 and § 70.41.350 (2002) which requires all hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception as a treatment option to any woman who seeks treatment as a result of a sexual assault. Please limit my request from 2000 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Thank you.

From: Department of Health

Dear Vanessa Nason,

This is just a friendly reminder to the emails below. We are awaiting a reply in order to formulate a response to your original request.

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

I am looking for records on emergency rooms that have been found in violation of Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 70.41.020 and § 70.41.350 (2002) which requires all hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception as a treatment option to any woman who seeks treatment as a result of a sexual assault. Please limit my request from 2000 to Nov. 17, 2017.

Thank you.

From: Department of Health

Dear Vanessa Nason:

We received your public records request on November 17, 2017, for the following records: Hospitals that have been found in violation of the law requiring sexual assault victims to receive emergency contraction upon request.

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