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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:31 AM

It's encouraging to see a Seattle Times editorial columnist acknowledging that we are systematically underinvesting in crucial social services:

Washington has more mentally ill patients in jail than in hospitals. It ranks last in the country in community psychiatric beds per capita, with ward after ward closing because reimbursement rates don’t come near to their costs.

Now if only the editorial board would stop fighting every effort to raise the tax revenue necessary to pay for the services they acknowledge we need.


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Pope Peabrain 1
Last in the country. Shameful. This is what Eyman and Republicans have brought us to. Worse than Mississippi and Alabama. Nice legacy for our children and completely without compassion so the rich can live bigger than kings.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 5, 2013 at 7:12 AM · Report this
Daddy Love 3
No, no you don't understand! If we're going to treat the mentally ill, we have to starve poor children!
Posted by Daddy Love on February 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM · Report this
watchout5 4
I got a friend who works in ER reception and one of the biggest problems is that there's not enough beds. They'll call around for hours just to be told how full everyone is, and the police just wait until they commit crimes. If hospitals had the kind of resources to take care of these people like human beings we wouldn't be sending them to jail, but in many ways that's a best case option, pretty fucking pathetic if you ask me.
Posted by watchout5 on February 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
America! Fuck Yeah!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM · Report this
stephanie says 6
As someone who works in community mental health, there is nothing more frustrating then when you have a client who is decompensating and you hope that you can get help for them through the hospitals, and they get released early and are barely stable, back in your care. It's frightening, stressful and burns people out.
Posted by stephanie says on February 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Report this

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