State should open to more therapists
A former 15-year employee of Compass Health told me that when it began, the agency had many Masters-level therapists; it provided day centers such as Strawberry Fields, Marysville, where people with mental health issues could socialize. Now, the agency only keeps enough Masters-level therapists to satisfy insurance company regulations; most current therapists do not have advanced degrees. Strawberry Fields and other places were shuttered long ago, because day centers were not part of the state contract.
It is time for Washington state to open up to all licensed therapists the treatment of mental health patients on government medical aid. Some therapists will allot 5 or 10 percent of their caseloads to the poor, accepting the government's remuneration. This is a compassionate, just solution for individuals, families, and communities.
Rosemarie Dickson Cook