Four potential fixes for Washington’s overburdened foster care system, including an unconventional suggestion by a foster youth who became a foster parent.
Washington’s shortage of foster parents to care for abused and neglected kids is so overburdened that kids who are shuffled among hotels and emergency placements often miss school, further compromising their chances to become successful adults.
Children entrusted to state care are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, victims of a severe shortage of foster homes.
Groups from the Olympic Peninsula to Spokane and Bellingham to the Tri-Cities are suddenly faced with large fractions of their budgets disappearing – money largely dedicated to helping citizens understand toxic-waste cleanups and how to control pollution.
At its heart, a dispute about how important it is with falling revenues to clean up previously polluted sites versus preventing new pollution, and what citizens really meant when they voted in 1988 for the Model Toxics Control Act.
Compromise bill proposes tech solutions to end addicts’ “doctor shopping”
California and Oregon allow pharmacists to write prescriptions for hormonal birth control without a doctor’s approval. The practice, designed to improve access to contraceptives and curtail unplanned pregnancies, is being considered by several states.
At least a dozen bills on a range of women’s health issues have been debated, like measures to expand birth control and ensure workplace accommodations for working woman.
It might get a lot easier to see a doctor if two bills currently in front of the Washington Legislature are passed.