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Do you have a loved one at Western State Hospital? We'd like to hear from you.

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Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network

The stories of patients and their families are critical to learning more about how state government operates and how our mental health system is functioning. They also shed light on personal struggles with mental health and fight the stigma attached to psychiatric disorders.

The state is currently trying to reshape the hospital and improve our long-struggling mental health system. The issue will likely be at the forefront of the Legislature's 2019 session, which begins in January.

If you or a loved one is currently a patient or has recently been treated at Western State Hospital, the state-run psychiatric facility in Lakewood, we would like to hear from you.

Contact reporter Austin Jenkins at austin@nwnewsnetwork.org

Please leave your contact information so we can reach you if need be.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."