By Faith J. Myers The settlement of a 2018 lawsuit brought by the Disability Law Center a...

Opinion: Protecting people with a disability should be a legislative priority – Juneau Empire

By Faith J. Myers The settlement of a 2018 lawsuit brought by the Disability Law Center and others against the state will shape mental health care in Alaska for decades. The question still to be answered: “Will mental health care improve?” Prior to 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services reduced the number of available beds at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. Because of the lack of beds, people needing mental health care or a psychiatric evaluation found themselves in jail or a hospital waiting room. Superior Court Judge William F. Morse determined the practice caused “irreparable harm” and ordered …

 

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