Warehousing In a Major Mental Health System


Over the past decade, proposals to transform our nation’s mental health system have called for an end to the “warehousing” of system clients and the provision of services that promote recovery.  In King County, Washington, efforts would also appear to be underway to establish a recovery-based system.  But outcome reports from the King County mental health system suggest that it has moved increasingly in the direction of warehousing its clients.  Warehousing, not recovery, would appear to be King County’s operational goal and what it believes it can achieve.

This paper explores the reality of warehousing amidst the promises of recovery for clients of the King County (Washington State) mental health system.