mental health

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The state of Washington is under a federal court order to address the issue of mentally ill inmates languishing in jail. But the problem has actually gotten worse, not better.

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The court battle over wait times for Washington jail inmates to get mental health competency exams is not over.

National Institute of Mental Health

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

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Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent federal judge’s ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It’s been nearly two years since Joel Reuter fired a pistol from his condo balcony and was shot to death by Seattle police. Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee signed “Joel’s Law.”

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A federal judge in Seattle Thursday ordered the state of Washington to provide mental health evaluations to jail inmates within seven days.

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Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

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Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

Doug Reuter

For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”

National Institute of Mental Health

Mental health advocates in Washington are assailing a proposal to allow psychiatric boarding in limited cases.

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