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Mental Health Topic of Discussion in Yakima

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The League of Women Voters honored the life and work of Kara Kondo Thursday with a special luncheon. The League of Women Voters honored the life and work of Kara Kondo Thursday with a special luncheon.

YAKIMA, WA - The League of Women Voters honored the life and work of Kara Kondo Thursday with a special luncheon.

The guest speaker was the Vice President of Comprehensive Mental Health. Paul Nagle-McNaughton talked about many aspects of mental health in the Yakima community, including shifting mental health patients from the criminal justice and getting them into treatment.

Comprehensive Mental Health has made this a priority by helping create mental health court.

Law enforcement officers can also bring individuals that need mental health services into the crisis triage center instead of sticking them in jail.

"One of the things that we're looking at is how do we prevent people from falling through the cracks," said  Nagle-McNaughton. "How do we get them a little more seamlessly from the criminal justice system so they don't keep cycling through and getting re-arrested or being re-incarcerated when they don't really get the treatment they need there."

The Vice President said according to national statistics, one in five adults will experience mental health issues over the course of a year.

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