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Born out of crisis, region finds success in treating mentally ill

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YAKIMA — Valerie Thompson felt herself losing control.

She started seeing imaginary men, then hearing knocks on her door.

In a past life, these types of symptoms ended in suicide attempts and involuntary detentions. But this time, Thompson knew what to do.

The 58-year-old woman, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, called her case manager, whom she had grown to trust through repeated home visits.

The case manager made sure Thompson went to the Sunrise Club, a support center…

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