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Funding For WA Mental Hospitals Undecided

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers hope to come to an agreement this week on funding for mental-health facilities.  The state is under a federal mandate to reduce wait times for evaluating mentally-ill offenders who have been put behind bars, and to improve safety for patients at Western State Hospital.  The House and Senate have different ideas on how much money will be needed for salary increases, opening new facilities, and hiring additional staff.  They also differ on oversight for state mental hospitals.

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