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October 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Mental health: After addressing ‘boarding,’ look to comprehensive care

Washington state is one of the most progressive parts of the country. But when it comes to providing emergency psychiatric beds to individuals undergoing mental health crisis, Washington ranks a dismal 47th in the United States [“Escaping the mental-health abyss,” Opinion, Oct. 13].

Providing more beds in order to cut down on the prolonged incarceration of individuals coping with mental illness is not enough of a solution, however. In the circumstance in which a patient is successfully released back into the community from inpatient care, there is no guarantee that the mental-health system will be able to provide vulnerable individuals the extra time and support they deserve. Therefore, in order for an increase in beds to be effective, community mental health desperately needs additional funding from the state Legislature to mitigate fallout from insurmountable caseloads.

Ending the unnecessary incarceration of vulnerable individuals and advocating comprehensive mental-health funding is something all can agree on. Not only is this type of incarceration wasteful of taxpayer money and a borderline violation of human rights, this issue is ultimately about preserving human dignity crucial for individuals in recovery. Ara Badayos’ tragic story is one which echoes all too familiar with the countless other voiceless individuals placed in the same predicament.

James Hnida, Seattle

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