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City Inside/Out looks at efforts to reform state mental health system
City Inside/Out: Mental Health Help
3/29/201929:17

POLL: Do you support a new state bond for more community mental health facilities in WA?

Reforming the state's mental health system is a top priority for Washington state lawmakers this session. Washington ranks 28th in the country for access to mental health professionals, and the troubled Western State Hospital recently lost federal certification and funding. There is strong bipartisan support for addressing the growing crisis; and many innovative proposals are on the table, but will lawmakers agree on how to pay for them?

Guests:

Eric Bruns, UW Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Brad Forbes, Policy Director, NAMI Washington

Laura Van Tosh, Mental Health Advocate

Todd Crooks, Co-Founder, Chad's Legacy Project

Laurie Jinkins, State Rep. (D-27th)

Keith Wagoner, State Sen. (R-39th)

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