28
Apr

A Quick Rundown of Human Services & Public Safety Budgets

In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the State invested a significant amount of money in the behavioral health system. Whether that funding is sufficient is yet to be seen because of the many, complex factors involved, including finalizing integration, and issues related to the state hospitals, capacity, staffing, and Trueblood. In the capital budget, $119.9 million is dedicated to community-based behavioral

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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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