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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

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