My wife and I operate a long-term care facility in Puyallup. We have 18 full- and part-time employees to serve 50 residents, 40 percent of whom are long-term mentally ill. We have been in business since 1982, and we have never been as concerned about the future of our business as we are now.
Our clients are often homeless and often have no family support. Without facilities like ours, they would be in hospitals, jails or homeless.
Our greatest challenge is our average reimbursement is less than $60 per day. The state’s failure to pay an adequate rate means the …