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CWH is often first stop for severely mentally ill

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WENATCHEE — Officially, executives at Confluence Health are thinking of getting into the business of hospitalizing mentally ill people in crisis.

Unofficially, they’ve been doing that for years.

That’s because hospitals have long been temporary dropping-off points for severely mentally ill patients, who may go on to a state mental facility if a bed there becomes available.

Later this month, Confluence Health officials plan to meet with state officials to consider establishing an evaluation and treatment unit for the mentally…

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