At present, if a mentally ill person commits a crime in Spokane, the only places to send them are either the ER or jail. After three years of work, Spokane Alliance leaders secured political support for a proposal they developed -- the construction of a mental health stabilization facility to which individuals meeting certain criteria can be referred for short term treatment.Read more
Leaders testifying at the school board meeting were supported by dozens of parents and community leaders inspiring one leader to say, "It makes me want to cry to see so many people standing up together for children - as I've stood alone with parents so often with no resolution."Read more
More background here, Spokane Alliance
The Spokane Alliance ...has worked with 50 local businesses and three city council members to craft the "Paid Sick and Safe Leave" policy which members hope can be presented for a vote later this year."
Council Passes Public Works Project, Spokesman ReviewRead more