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Resource ID: #26835
Subject: Mental Health
Source: The Seattle Times
Date: 2014-05-11



“Nowhere to Turn” found that a failure of Seattle-area government officials to comply with technicalities in an obscure state law was causing hundreds of severely mentally ill patients to be released to the streets without any treatment or monitoring. The patients, who had all been found to be in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others, were being released on average every other day in King County. Local officials knew about the problem three years before the investigation began but had never notified the state about the releases or even attempted to count how often they occurred. In fact, county officials violated the Public Disclosure Act to hide information released to their failure. Only the threat of a lawsuit forced the release of emails that revealed the problem.

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