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A Clubhouse Where the Mentally Ill Thrive

By Heidi Graff and Peach McDouall; Published by Tacoma News Tribune Jan 12, 2019

The tragic Venn diagram of mental illness, incarceration, and homelessness has been featured in various front page articles in The News Tribune recently.

Washington state is settling, at last, an expensive lawsuit brought by folks at the harsh intersection of those hardships, and legislators promise to prioritize mental health initiatives in the 2019 Legislature.

Citizens and taxpayers can hope that things will get better from here and feel assured that Gov. Jay Inslee and the Department of Social and Health Services are doing all they can to develop resources for the growing number of people in Washington facing the challenge of mental illness.

This is crucial work, since one in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetimes, and this disease is on track to become the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020.

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