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People in mental health crisis can be lodged for days on a gurney in a hallway, like these at Olympia's St. Peter Hospital emergency room, because there's nowhere else to go. TOM BANSE / N3

Those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Find Themselves Stuck In ER, With Nowhere Else To Go

Some psychiatric patients are spending not just hours in the emergency room, but days or a week. They’re living there in the ER because there is nowhere else to send them. Northwest policymakers are now making it a priority to create more treatment capacity for people in mental health and addiction crises. Continue Reading Those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Find Themselves Stuck In ER, With Nowhere Else To Go

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/OTTO KITSINGER

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Ballot Initiatives Tougher

In a rebuke to the Idaho legislature, Gov. Brad Little has “reluctantly” vetoed a bill that some say would’ve made it nearly impossible to get an initiative on the ballot. Little also plans to veto a second, similar bill that would’ve loosened some of the original proposal’s restrictions. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Ballot Initiatives Tougher

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A barbed wire fence encloses the Columbia County Jail yard in St. Helens, Ore., Saturday, March 30, 2019. CREDIT: Bradley Parks/OPB

70 Percent Of Jail Deaths In Washington And Oregon Involve People Innocent By Law

Across Oregon and Washington, at least 70 percent of the inmates who died since 2008 were awaiting trial, rather than serving time. Civil liberties advocates have long expressed concern over jailing people on low-level crimes that have root causes of mental illness, drug addiction or lack of stable employment. Continue Reading 70 Percent Of Jail Deaths In Washington And Oregon Involve People Innocent By Law

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