Topic: mentally ill
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August 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM
City must increase security
What does Seattle need? Seattle needs a mayor and a police chief who don’t take half measures. [“Metro driver recalls terror, riders who rushed to help,” page one, Aug. 14.]
A man walking downtown yelling “War!” at the top of his lungs [as shooter Anwar Duckworth was seen doing last week] obviously should have been picked up. Seattle underserved our poor and mentally ill. In doing so, we underserve the people who live and visit here.
I feel safer walking the streets of Manhattan. New York City has a “buck stops here” attitude in the mayor’s office. They have turned the former mugging capital of the U.S. into a visitor-friendly city. Police are out and plentiful, and they don’t idly watch someone who is potentially dangerous to themselves or others.
This shooting happened a few bocks away from Pike Place Market. The market is the center of our tourist economy.
These troubles are not new. The downtown Metro corridor has been a blight for years. It’s time for full measures.
JoEllen Loeb, Seattle
May 31, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Provide mentally ill with inpatient services
The lack of access to psychiatric outpatient services and psychiatric inpatient care is creating a very dangerous situation for people with mental illnesses and for emergency patients in general [“Editorial: Stop ‘boarding’ mentally ill in emergency rooms,” Opinion, May 29]. These patients often wait several days for inpatient treatment, which may include being transferred to a hospital far away.
According to a 2008 survey of emergency-department directors, almost 80 percent said their hospital “boards” psychiatric patients in the emergency department instead of moving them to an inpatient bed.
Emergency rooms have become de facto psychiatric inpatient service providers, according to a recently published letter in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
The problem is at our doorstep. People with psychiatric emergencies have nowhere else to turn, and they are in a difficult circumstance waiting for inpatient psychiatric services.
Andrew Sama, president, American College of Emergency Physicians, Manhasset, N.Y.
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