Re: “In state of limbo” (TNT, 11-23).
The article is correct that a jail setting is not conducive to restore competency as a jail is not the therapeutic environment necessary to provide competency restoration treatment.
However, the Pierce County Jail does provide mental health treatment, including psychiatric medications, mental health assessments, crisis intervention, crisis stabilization and release planning.
The human cost of inmates languishing in jails pending transfer to the state hospital far outweighs the fiscal cost. The Department of Social and Health Services has not been indifferent or immune to this current crisis; however, the lack of funding cannot …