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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mental health: Some worthy legislative fixes

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

The problem of a shortage of care is particularly challenging for community-health clinics, which are experiencing major increases in patient demand as a result of Medicaid expansion this year [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17].

Before funding was cut, the student loan repayment program was a vital and successful tool for recruiting into the community-health setting and rural areas, and combating the pull of lucrative specialty care.

It was also a great way to recognize providers who want to give back to their communities. Restoring this funding in the upcoming legislative session would be a wise investment, given its proven effectiveness and the great need.

Douglas Spingelt, MHA, Vice President, Operations, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle

Comments | Topics: douglas spingelt, mental health, washington state legislature

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