Letters to the Editor

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Tag: WSH

March
18th

MENTAL HEALTH: Funding must be a priority

The recent articles in The News Tribune (3-10) have highlighted, very well, the “revolving door” policy that my family and I are too familiar with. The mental health system in Washington is, without a doubt, in crisis.

Nearly five months ago my son, Jonathan, killed his father. Rob’s murder never should have happened. Last year it seemed that Jon was to be committed to the institution for life, but he was released unexpectedly. Now we’re caught up in the system again.

The day that Jon had his arraignment for murdering his father, he was ordered to Western State Hospital

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March
11th

MENTAL HEALTH: Some good people trying to help

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

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March
11th

MENTAL HEALTH: Care denied to mentally ill

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

Care of the mentally ill is not a priority of our state’s legislators, as accurately described in your front-page article. Washington’s mentally ill, who cannot care for themselves, receive haphazard treatment or none at all. Although relatively few are a danger to society, most are victims rather than perpetrators.

As the parent for 30 years of a daughter suffering from schizophrenia, I know firsthand the pain and suffering of mental illness. My daughter was fortunate, however, to receive enlightened care at several state hospitals and group

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Dec.
10th

WSH: Ticking time bombs sent out into public

Re: “‘Time bomb’ son shatters family” (TNT, 12-8).

“Our function is to see justice is done, but that’s not the doctors’ job,” explained Phillip Sorensen, a deputy prosecuting attorney. “Their purpose is to make people better. For them, the best-case scenario is to get them healthy enough to be back in the community.”

While it may not have been intentional, this statement contains a huge falsehood. Schizophrenia does not “get better”; it can only be controlled to some extent with medication. The person’s “health” depends on continuing that medication. The state’s motivation (not the doctors’ or staff at Western

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