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February 13, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Mental health: Fix the system

The Legislature must resolve weaknesses throughout the public mental-health crisis system, including adequate psychiatric bed capacity, extending non-institutional intensive treatment options and updating the judicial process [“Lawmakers consider ways to improve mental-health services,” Local News, Feb. 10]. When the system works properly, it can halt the downward spiral of a person’s psychiatric illness. But…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Frank Jose, Legislature, mental health

January 3, 2015 at 10:34 PM

What’s your priority for the state Legislature this session?

The Washington Legislature convenes Jan. 12 for its 2015 legislative session. The Seattle Times editorial board published its priorities to focus lawmakers on the big tasks ahead. The No. 1 priority is education, followed by transportation, medical marijuana excesses and a failing state mental-heatlh system. What are your priorities for the Legislature? Why? Fill…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: education, Legislature, medical marijuana

October 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck shooting: Fund and ‘de-stigmatize’ mental-health services

The articles on the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting share another gruesome reminder of the pain and anguish that Washington’s youths suffer daily [“5 Marysville school friends invited to lunch, then shot, sheriff says,” Local News, Oct. 27]. With the number of school shootings continuing to rise, we must act. The articles point out that Marysville-Pilchuck…


Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Eric Mann, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, mental health

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…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: King County, Mariah Taylor, mental health

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…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Ara Badayos, boarding, James Hnida

October 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Mental health: Let’s start talking about fixing the system

Thank you for including Jonathan Martin’s column, “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13]. He speaks to a major issue facing our state. Washington’s mental-health system has been struggling for years to maintain enough beds. We’ve seen this very clearly with the large increase of psychiatric boarding over the last few years. In 2012,…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Anastasia D. Hill, boarding, King County

October 16, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Mental health: We have failed to humanely care for the mentally ill

In response to Jonathan Martin’s column “Escaping the mental-health abyss” [Opinion, Oct. 13], I’d like to add some comments. First, there are far too many mentally ill people in jail in general. Because of the values society has placed on them, they are automatically seen as outcast, which is very similar to criminals. Until we see…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Jonathan Martin, Kevin Cormier, mental health

October 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Mental health: End the stigma by treating all mental illnesses equally

The editorial “Ending exclusions under state’s mental-health parity law” [Opinion, Oct. 14] truly illustrates how crucial it is for the local government to intervene and support individuals who live with mental illness through all sorts of treatments. Courts are now needed to make sure insurance options are more inclusive and mental-health treatment is…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Martin Ginger, mental health, mental-health parity

October 2, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Mental-health care: Outpatient treatment is only a last resort

The Reuters’ guest column understandably laments their son’s death [“Ask candidates about reforms to mental-health care and Joel’s Law,” Opinion, Sept. 24]. He was shot by the police. He had been prematurely released from a hospital. The Reuter’s fault mental-health professionals for not listening to the them. I too believe in assisted outpatient treatment…


Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Joel's Law, John Freeburg, mental health

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…


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

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