Re: “Shut the revolving door” (letter, 9-16).
In the late 1970 and early ’80s there used to be a long, narrow building in Tacoma called Jefferson House. Here in individual rooms lived mentally ill people who regularly needed medication. It was state-run and well-kept. Patients could socialize, receive visits, engage in activities, etc.
Then, with the Reagan administration working for smaller government involvement, this motto became policy: “Allow nonviolent mentally ill people to be put back into the community, dissolve these government-run places. These people pose no harm; they can get their meds themselves.”
We’ll, we all have seen …