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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Integrating mental health: Important to treat whole patient

The Seattle Times’ editorial urging the Legislature to address behavioral health integration this session is spot on [“Integrate mental health with primary care,” Opinion, Feb. 19].

Every day in our community health center and in clinics across the state, we see patients whose physical health is threatened by substance use or mental-health issues. When a veteran with high blood pressure who also struggles with PTSD walks through our doors, we treat the whole person, giving us the chance to prevent crisis, reduce costs and improve overall health.

Our state systems must focus on prevention, screening, early treatment, and coordination of care. This approach is proven. I hope the Legislature moves forward now, without further delay. People’s lives and the health of our communities can’t wait.

Linda McVeigh, executive director Country Doctor Community Health Center

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