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NPR
4 months ago

As jails and prisons have become less likely to house people with mental illness, Seattle's city attorney says he hopes the public will start to see — and recognize — the unsolved issue of the lack of mental health treatment. https://n.pr/32nsGbF 

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Kudos to Seattle and San Francisco for not over-policing mental-health-related petty crimes, but what’s missing is easy access to community-based mental health treatment.

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    After decades of institutions being shut down with no alternatives or solutions in place to house these people, this is the result. Now they commit crimes and they’re caught and released. It’s a ridiculous cycle that puts officers and the community in danger.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Context: failure to fund mental health treatment by Legislature so grave state has been in years of legal trouble for voolatong its own laws on competency evaluations, etc. Trueblood case.

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    It is a nationwide issue.

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    This is squarely upon the shoulders of the GOP. Their great god Ronnie emptied the State Hospitals and unleashed this plague upon us all.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    That is true through out the United States. Maybe Seattle will come up with a plan.

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  • Replying to @NPR

    Yes, cages are not the answer to mental health treatment or the other problems they purportedly solve. We have to keep thinking (1/?)

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  • Replying to @twoesplease @NPR

    about how/who we can put & keep pressure on to create sustainable sol'ns that increase everyone's safety & don't depend on cages. (2/2)

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    And after all the work President Reagan went to to move them out of the mental hospitals and into the street the Jails and prisons are abandoning them too.

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    Housing waiting lists are up to two years. Try finding an affordable apartment on social security that does not support anyone at only $700 a month. Our most vulnerable must be housed!!! Those with Mental Illness, Disabilities and Seniors should not be living in shelters & street

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