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February 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Plan would fund bill pushed by parents of mentally ill Seattle man

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…

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Comments | More in State budget, State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, Joel Reuter, mental health

February 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

State House unanimously passes ‘Joel’s Law’; cost concerns remain

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…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Doug Reuter, Eileen Cody, involuntary commitment

January 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Joel Reuter’s parents get bill introduced in state House

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…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Doug Reuter, Eileen Cody, involuntary commitment

February 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Senate Democrats introduce six bills on guns and mental health

After nearly a month of discussions in the state House about a wide range of proposals to reduce gun violence, the state Senate is getting into the debate. Senate Democrats introduced six bills Monday dealing¬†with firearm restrictions and mental health that may face resistance in the GOP-controlled chamber. The most high-profile measure would require background checks…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun violence, mental health, Mike Padden