OLYMPIA — A budget proposal unveiled Wednesday by state House Democrats would put $10 million toward making it easier to involuntarily commit mentally ill residents. The money would fund 48 new mental-health treatment beds and three new intensive outpatient treatment teams. It is directly aimed at House Bill 2725, which was pushed by the parents…More
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The state House unanimously voted this morning to approve a bill to allow people to appeal to a court if officials decline to involuntarily commit a mentally ill family member. The vote represented a victory for Doug and Nancy Reuter, who conceived and pushed the bill after their 28-year-old son, Joel, of Capitol Hill, was…More
OLYMPIA — The parents of Joel Reuter, a 28-year-old mentally ill man who was shot and killed by police on the balcony of his Capitol Hill condo last summer, have succeeded in introducing a version of a bill they think could have saved his life. But the Reuters, who moved from Texas to Olympia to lobby…More