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October 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Mental illness: More funding for programs needed to avoid wait lists

Regarding “Judge sets March 16 for trial for mentally ill in jails case” [Local News, Oct. 22], the decision is a positive move forward, but does not address the larger issue.

Most people involved seem to agree rights are being violated but there is no remedy. I am concerned by why they are in jail in the first place.

In 2007, the Metropolitan King County Council approved the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency plan. A large focus of this plan addressed how to prevent individuals from being placed in jails because it is inappropriate, unhelpful and expensive. A large amount of money has been supplied to various services to try to improve the situation for those with mental-health issues in King County, and there has been plenty of time to expect change.

The Mobile Crisis Team and Crisis Solutions Center are making a serious effort to assist in this problem and are expanding their services. Despite their efforts, they cannot change the entire county. We need more than these services if we expect the situation to improve. We need more funding and more programs that can reach out to people in need and to prevent an issue like this in the future.

Mariah Taylor, Seattle

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