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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:58 PM

Senate gives unanimous approval to new mental health care hospital at UW

OLYMPIA – A key component of the Legislature’s plan to combat the state’s mental health care crisis and satisfy federal complaints about its current system passed the Senate on Wednesday on a unanimous vote.

The Senate gave final approval to a new behavioral health campus at the University of Washington to treat long-term patients while training medical residents.

The 150-bed hospital teaching hospital is central to the Legislature’s efforts to address the state’s varied behavioral health problems. As the bill’s primary sponsor and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, put it: “We need more care for the people of our state, and we need more caregivers.”

The hospital would mainly serve civilly committed patients who don’t need the intensive care provided at the state hospitals.

Read more: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/18/senate-gives-unanimous-approval-to-new-mental-heal/

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