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Seattle Times: Not all crimes merit high-speed chases that risk bystanders’ lives

Seattle Times: Not all crimes merit high-speed chases that risk bystanders’ lives

By Manka Dhingra Special to The Times Janice Porcher was on a routine work errand one morning in 2017 in Fife. A nine-year veteran deck hand for Washington State Ferries, she was a favorite of her colleagues for her smile and her kind demeanor. Just after turning left at a green light, her car was suddenly smashed by a driver who ran ...

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State of Reform: State leaders prepare for implementation of the 988 call line

State of Reform: State leaders prepare for implementation of the 988 call line

Behavioral health officials discussed the implementation of the 988 suicide prevention call line at a meeting on Tuesday. Get the latest state-specific policy intelligence for the health care sector delivered to your inbox.

Members of the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee discussed the national 988 call line, which is a universal number people can call to ...

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The Stranger: Finally, a Crime Dashboard You Should Care About

The Stranger: Finally, a Crime Dashboard You Should Care About

Any casual observer of our local debate on public safety will know that dashboards are all the rage these days. Mayor Bruce Harrell campaigned on his love of data visualization. The Purge cosplayers over at the Seattle Police Officers Guild can’t get enough of them. But not all dashboards serve to shield those in power from the responsibility of articulating a ...

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Seattle Times: Women of color are changing the dialogue in WA’s Legislature

Seattle Times: Women of color are changing the dialogue in WA’s Legislature

By Manka Dhingra and Rebecca Saldaña Special to The Times “No two countries run by women would ever go to war.” That recent judgment by Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may be open to debate, but we have seen clear evidence during the pandemic that when women assume political leadership, it leads to improved outcomes. That is one of many reasons to celebrate ...

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Seattle Medium: Inslee Signs Legislation Boosting Access To Community-based Behavioral Health Treatment Into Law

Seattle Medium: Inslee Signs Legislation Boosting Access To Community-based Behavioral Health Treatment Into Law

Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation into law that will improve access to community-based treatment for people with serious behavioral health issues and make it easier for families to get their loved one’s care when they need it, without hospitalization. The bill, HB 1773, introduced by State Rep. Jamila Taylor (D-Federal Way), streamlines the process for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) ...

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Bellevue Reporter: Community health centers are the backbone of equity in our healthcare system

Bellevue Reporter: Community health centers are the backbone of equity in our healthcare system

By Manka Dhingra and Lisa Yohalem Special to the Bellevue Reporter. After two years on the frontlines of pandemic response, our health care system has taken a beating. Providers such as community health centers have felt serious impacts on their workforce and finances. While federal emergency funds helped keep clinic doors open, a booster was desperately needed. Recognizing the problem, the ...

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Crosscut: New WA police accountability law can now include past misconduct

Crosscut: New WA police accountability law can now include past misconduct

The body that licenses police officers in Washington state has decided to apply a new police accountability law to past misconduct, instead of only to officer misconduct that occurred after the law took effect last July. The vote by the state Criminal Justice Training Commission resolves a dispute between lawmakers and the commission about how far back officers can be held ...

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Woodinville Weekly: State funds $5 million for Woodinville trestle widening

Woodinville Weekly: State funds $5 million for Woodinville trestle widening

The city of Woodinville recently secured $5 million in state funding to begin designing and constructing the SR 202 Capacity and Safety Improvement Project. “The trestle funding was successful due to years of work from staff, current and former council members, our lobbyist and the wonderful advocacy of the 45th delegation—especially Senator [Manka] Dhingra,” said Diana Hart, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for ...

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Crosscut: Sending disabled students out of state gains WA lawmakers’ attention

Crosscut: Sending disabled students out of state gains WA lawmakers’ attention

Sen. Manka Dhingra has called for a joint session to address the practice, which splits up families and costs taxpayers millions. As schools in Washington continue to ship students with disabilities to other communities, state lawmakers say they plan to find a way to keep kids closer to home. Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, the state Senate deputy majority leader, says that after ...

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Columbia Basin Herald: WA Republicans call out partisanship while Dems tout bipartisan successes

Columbia Basin Herald: WA Republicans call out partisanship while Dems tout bipartisan successes

OLYMPIA - Wash. House and Senate Republicans are expressing frustration with a growing partisan legislature, which they say they witnessed during the recent state legislative session. Washington is a Democrat-majority state with Republicans often have a hard time standing in the way of Democrat-sponsored legislation. Republican legislators are complaining that Democrats excluded them from controversial topics and did not provide significant ...

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