2
Apr

Grant Program to Expand Alternatives to Arrest and Jail

In the recently released House budget funding in the amount of $2.4 million is provided to implement 2SHB 1767 which establishes a grant program to engage individuals with substance use disorders or other behavioral health needs in therapeutic programs and services when they are involved in the criminal justice system. The Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC)

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26
Mar

Recent Happenings with Grays Harbor Public Defense Case

In April of 2017, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court against the State and the Office of Public Defense (OPD), and not the county, for failing to provide adequate public defense for juveniles in Grays Harbor County in Davison v. State of Washington. Davison contended that Grays Harbor County systemically failed to provide constitutionally adequate

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8
Mar

What’s Going On With Trueblood?

At one time or another over last several years we have all heard someone reference the Trueblood case (Trueblood v. DSHS, 101 F. Supp. 3d 1010 (W.D. Wash. 2015). In Washington state, there is what many are referring to as a mental health crisis. The demand for mental health services is much greater than what is available in the community

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1
Mar

Criminal Justice Treatment Account Funds Swept Again

By the late 1980s, unprecedented numbers of individuals with substance use disorders were clogging up the criminal justice system. The rising costs of arrests, prosecutions, and prison sentences for these individuals was not only very expensive, but also found to be largely ineffective in combatting substance use. In response, drug courts were authorized in statute in Washington in 1999 and today

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