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.