Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Psychiatric boarding: Only option in ‘no-win’ situation

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

An opportunity to lead was denied in favor of chest thumping and a bit of closing irony [“Finally, an end to ‘boarding’ of psychiatric patients,” Opinion, Aug. 7].

What responsibility will our Supreme Court take when a newly freed mentally ill individual commits our worst nightmare? Will the justices reach out to the victims, their families, the myriad mental-health workers who spent their best years trying to work miracles in a flawed and ignored system? Doubtful. This makes their decision nothing short of criminal.

Psychiatric patient boarding wasn’t some new paradigm or radical treatment intervention. It was hospitals being left in no-win situations and trying to help their patients whose rightful treatment agents have been underfunded and overworked for decades.

The true moral imperative here is for those with power, be it reporting or legislating, to address the problem and not allow those who could do so much more, like our courts, to hide behind their robes.

Robert Ott, Bellevue

Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: mental health, Psychiatric boarding, Robert Ott

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►