A Clark County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that local deputies had substantial reason to seize records through search warrants served on Daybreak Youth Services.
It’s the second time a local judge has determined the warrants were valid, according to state prosecutors.
Judge Jennifer Snider ruled the records obtained by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office could not have been secured through other methods; public interest and a need for disclosure in relation to a criminal investigation outweighs potential harm to patients and their treatment; and the records have been properly handled to protect confidential information.
The sheriff’s office started investigating alleged criminal conduct at the Brush Prairie youth outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facility, 11910 N.E. 154th St., in June 2018. Among the allegations are instances of sexual contact, problems with client and staff safety, and what investigators saw as a pattern of inadequate reporting as required by law. Investigators served a series of search warrants Sept. 11 at the facility.
The investigation was turned over to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges earlier this year. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately have an update on the status of the review.