Healthcare & Mental Health Supports
Many of those experiencing homelessness also struggle with a mental health condition or substance use, and insufficient support from state government results in people seeking mental health and addiction treatment in emergency rooms and with first responders. Not only does this leave our firefighters and law enforcement officers overwhelmed, it also takes up critical triage beds, takes emergency personnel off the street, and leaves patients disconnected from the intensive care they need to rebuild their lives.
We must increase access to quality mental health services, trauma informed care, prioritizing prevention and early intervention. In the Legislature, I’ll work to strengthen the integration of behavioral health into primary care, outpatient mental health treatment, inpatient and residential care, 24-hour crisis response and stabilization services, and case management. Furthermore, I’ll work to ensure there are specialized services for children, youth, and families, including school-based health programs.
Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, families in Thurston County are still struggling with increasing healthcare costs. As an advocate for our state’s network of community clinics, I’ve seen firsthand the difference that access to healthcare makes. In the Legislature, I’ll work to make healthcare coverage truly universal and truly affordable. By tackling rising premiums and drug costs, we can make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.