Washington lawmakers approved an ambitious plan to fix the mental-health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of treatment centers.

Lawmakers approved the plan – which sprawls across two different state budgets, as well as several other bills – in the legislative session that ended April 28.

The work comes after years of court orders and federal inspections that meticulously documented the poor treatment of psychiatric patients in the state’s care, as well as a steep shortage of treatment beds and staffers to operate them.

Seattle Times