Governor’s Budget Proposal Calls for Changes To Mental Health Care

Community-based treatment centers instead of centralized mental hospitals proposed

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OLYMPIA, WA.-Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a 650-million dollar plan to address mental health as part of a budget he unveiled Tuesday. The plan includes building more community treatment centers, where people can get psychiatric help closer to home.

Inslee says it will shift the State away from centralized state hospitals such as Western State Hospital,which has been plagued with problems. The governor says he wants to create more community-based centers such as the new Parkside Treatment Center in Wenatchee which he toured in October.

Inslee’s plan would double the number of beds available to patients in community centers in the coming years. His plan also includes a new behavioral health teaching hospital at the University of Washington, which would train more caregivers and provide more treatment options for patients.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.