A sad state of affairs. The mentally ill are perpetually short changed by our State government. And if you have a mentally ill adult child up until this recent session you had virtually no way to try and get them into a facility against their will no matter how bad they got, other than being sent off to jail for behavioral issues. At least that was made easier this session.
It seems like there never is enough for the military in this country given the last federal budget that both Democrats and Republicans voted in favor of funding yet our mentally ill facilities are struggling. I personally would be glad to have a mechanism on my tax form to at least state what % of my taxes should go to the military vs. healthcare and other social and infrastructure needs. It could at least act as a guide for grading how our legislators work.
When the American College of Emergency Physicians graded every state back in 2014, it gave Washington a D+. Among our state’s worst marks: psychiatric beds. Washington has just 8.3 beds for every 100,000 people, worse than all but two other states.