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September 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Mental-health care: Increase hospital capacity, offer more humane care

In the story “Mentally ill charged with crimes lack timely access to hospital care” [Local News, Sept. 13], the whole system is a crime against humanity that no civilized society should allow to happen. The King County Jail alone has more than 100 mentally ill inmates waiting for hospital beds — and my son…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: King County Jail, mental health, Nataly Kacherovsky

August 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Division between physical and mental health care does not make sense

It’s a relief that we’re moving toward treating mental health on equal footing as physical health, but we still have far to go ["What's troubling mental health," Opinion, Aug. 17]. The entrenched system of silos of care that separate the head from the body makes no sense. At community-health clinics we know that behavioral health,…

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Comments | Topics: debra morrison, medical care, mental health

August 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Enforce the state’s mental-health parity law

Thank guest columnists Sean Corry and Eleanor Hamburger for calling attention to the incredible lack of implementation of Washington’s mental-health parity law [“Enforce state’s mental health parity law,” Opinion, Aug. 20]. While many people need short-term treatment to resolve emotional distress, there is a significant group of citizens with mental-health needs who require ongoing treatment. The…

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Comments | Topics: mental health

August 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mental health: Some worthy legislative fixes

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…

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

August 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mental health: Insurance rules too restrictive for bipolar disorder

Monday’s guest column by Linea Johnson that “Mental illness is not the end” [Opinion, Aug. 18] is an example of a person who has managed to function with her bipolar illness and to embrace her “disability.” The truth is, patients with mental illness, especially a chronic and long-term illness like bipolar have a very difficult…

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Comments | Topics: insurance, linea johnson, mental health

August 23, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Mental health: Psychiatry’s compensation too low

One of the major problems here is a severe shortage of psychiatrists, the physicians who specialize in mental disorders ["What's troubling mental health," Opinion, Aug. 17]. And to those of us in primary care medicine and, indeed, to doctors in general, there is no mystery to the shortage. Psychiatrists are in short supply because…

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Comments | Topics: john horstkamp, Medicine, mental health

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