Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The King County Recovery Pilot Program: Improving Outcomes for People Transitioning into the Community After Civil Commitment

June 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Hon. Johanna Bender

The Difficult Road to 
Outpatient Recovery

Imagine you have been hospitalized following a major mental health crisis. After several weeks of in-patient care, you are starting to stabilize. You still hear voices in your head, and they are frightening and distracting. Your medication helps reduce your symptoms but leaves you groggy and unfocused. You have no phone, money, home, or driver’s license. You are released from the hospital with one-way cab fare to get to a local shelter, and instructions to report to a treatment appointment several days later. 

It is unsurprising...

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