March 24, 2013 at 6:32 AM
Washington state mental-health reform
Health should come before education
The editorial applauding recent packages of mental-health legislation is right on track [“Mental-health reform,” Opinion, March 22]. Senate Bill 5732 and House Bill 1522 would ease the horrific mental-health crisis by funding more psychiatric beds.
I must, however, take issue with placing education funding first. What kind of education are we offering to our young people by allowing sick people in our state to be stacked and warehoused in emergency rooms and jails? Often, it is these same young people themselves who suffer the first ravages of mental illness. Because of their sickness they are forced from their high school and college classes.
Let us take care of their health first; only healthy people are able to learn well.
–Jan Thomas, Seattle
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