OLYMPIA — Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) released the following statement today following Gov. Jay Inslee’s mental health plan announcement. Frockt will serve on the newly formed Behavioral Health Subcommittee during the upcoming legislative session, and plans to prioritize behavioral health projects in his role as the Senate’s Capital Budget chair and Ways & Means vice chair.

“There’s much to like in the governor’s proposal for behavioral health improvements. It meets the challenge of maintaining the support level of the current system while laying the groundwork for holistic, overarching changes.

“I particularly like the proposal to employ the University of Washington to expand our state’s field of providers. I also wholeheartedly support the proposed investment in permanent supportive housing as a proven way to provide people with both housing and services.

“I look forward to working with Gov. Inslee and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement compassionate and workable solutions to our state’s behavioral health crisis.”

For information: Amelia Dickson, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7535