#52: Behavioral Health

Publicly funded behavioral health, including treatment for mental health and substance use, is rapidly evolving. We interviewed Mark Freedman and Joe Avalos of the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization to learn about these changes and how they will impact our community. We talked about the work of the BHO and the gaps in the system, new directives from the Legislature, and the expansion of privatization. We also discuss the investigative reporting of the Seattle Times into US Healthvest, who just opened a new facility in Lacey:
How private psychiatric hospitals keep voluntary patients from leaving

How a company’s push to expand psychiatric care brought peril

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