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MENTAL HEALTH: Some good people trying to help

Letter by A.T. Jensen, Auburn on March 11, 2013 at 11:39 am with No Comments »
March 11, 2013 11:57 am

Re: “No vacancy, no excuse for Western State to deny care” (TNT, 3-10).

Sunshine Sunday led to some great reading, notably Sean Robinson’s articles on the mental-health revolving door.

It was astounding to learn that Washington is dead last when it comes to the “certified beds” needed to deal with this intractable problem. A majority of mass killings and shooting sprees are committed by people with mental-health problems that were identified in advance, so it was alarming to see our cumbersome and ill-equipped situation.

That said, it was encouraging to read coverage on the straight-talking Commissioner Craig Adams and what Department of Assigned Counsel lawyers are doing to protect patients and the public by working within and improving the system. Kudos to them for threatening the status quo.

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