Chad Crooks had his first mental break almost two years ago. His parents, Todd and Laura, tried to get him help, but he was over 18 and mental health services in King County were severely overburdened. His parents coached him to tell providers that he wouldn’t live through the night if they didn’t admit him for care, a strategy that worked. Until it didn’t.
His mother, Laura, answered the door of their West Seattle home when the police knocked. It was 6:30 a.m. on a day in January of 2016, and it had rained through the night. She was immediately concerned.