Deanna Davis, our Executive Assistant recently lost her companion of several years. Spencer was just shy of 17 when he took a turn for the worse. He has been a source of sunshine for the office for close to a year now and we miss him so much already.
Whether we snuck him chicken or dog biscuits, Spencer loved a good morsel. He was quiet, reserved, and somewhat aloof with his penchant for getting petted increasing toward the end. Always with Read More
November 4, 2019 6 a.m. Updated Nov. 5, 2019 10:16 a.m. By Conrad Wilson OPB https://www.opb.org/news/article/suicide-jail-statistics-oregon-washington/
In county jails across the Pacific Northwest, suicide is the single leading cause of inmate deaths. But an analysis by OPB shows the region’s prisons aren’t plagued by the same crisis.
Between 2008 and 2018, suicide accounted for 47% of jail deaths with a known cause in Oregon and Washington, according to an investigation by OPB, KUOW and the Northwest News Network.
A new analysis shows suicides in Northwest Read More
October 24, 2019 By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News https://khn.org/news/washington-state-law-on-behavioral-care-balances-parental-rights-teens-autonomy/
When Ben Packard met with the 16-year-old girl a little over a year ago, she was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she’d been admitted after trying to kill herself. Her parents were distraught.
“They wanted to know what was going on, and why their kid wanted to die,” said Packard, a mental health therapist on the psychiatric unit who worked with her and her family.
But Washington is one of Read More
Nov. 04, 2019 By Izzy Gonçalves NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2019/How-Families-Can-Work-Together
Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together.
I now know that the most effective treatment requires the person with the mental illness, their doctors and their supporters to work together. Frankly, through much of my spouse’s Read More
Today, the federal government announced the approval of the first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project that aims to broaden treatment services available to Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance in the District of Columbia.Read More