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March 31, 2020

Understanding the Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act (E2SHB 1874)

“Minors between the ages of 13-17 can access behavioral health services without parental consent.”

Please follow the link here to see a slide deck with more information about the Act.

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    Considering the news regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAMI released the following information.

    As of 3/20/2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), notes the following in terms of risk assessment:

    The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states. People in places where ongoing Read More

    NAMI HelpLine Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST (800) 950-6264

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

    I’m having a lot of anxiety because of the Coronavirus. Please help. We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone.

    What can you do?

    1.Remember that knowledge is power. Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immuneresponse to COVID-19 will matter Read More

    For release: 3/11/2020

    From the desk of Kim Schneiderman, Executive Director

    Dear All,

    If you have watched TV or listened to the radio you have heard a lot of distressing news about the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.  Having confirmed cases in Washington state only adds to the stress and makes us susceptible to fear and misinformation.

    Washington State has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus at the very beginning of March. In 2018, Washington State had an estimated population Read More

    February 8, 2020, 10:30 am Kent Reporter

    People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are incapacitated.

    “Our mental health and addiction system of care is failing, in my view, the most vulnerable,” said the proposed bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County.

    If passed, Senate Bill 6109 will initiate a four-year pilot program in King, Pierce, and Read More

    Mar 1, 2020 By CNN Wire Q13 Fox

    Before classes had even begun, a judge stood in front of Justin’s law school class to tell them about the parts of their life that would be examined to determine if they were qualified to become lawyers. Along with questions about speeding tickets, academic history, and violations of law, he told them, prospective lawyers would need to open up about their mental health, including any diagnosed conditions.

    Justin, the first person in his family to attend college, had always dreamed Read More

    PUBLISHED: 07:54, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:53, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 By Tom Fish Express https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1250118/mental-health-study-schizophrenia-types-variations

    For the first time ever, two distinct neuroanatomical variations of schizophrenia have been identified.

    Researchers analysed the brain scans of more than 300 schizophrenia patients in the study.

    The first variation shows lower volumes of grey matter in comparison to a healthy brain, while the second variation has largely the same levels.

    Experts believe these findings may revolutionise mankind’s understanding of schizophrenia, as well as identifying potential treatment methods.

     

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    Feb 12, 2020 11:00 am ET By Lauren Weber The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/managing-mental-health-at-work-is-a-juggle-of-rights-and-realities-11581523201

    Managers and younger employees are struggling to adapt as a generation of people with higher rates of reported mental illness enter the workforce.

    Many of these new workers are coming to offices from colleges and high schools where they received accommodations, such as extra time to take tests or complete assignments—in some cases from elementary school onward. They are confronting a world of work that operates under different legal standards Read More

    VETERAN PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETS MONTHLY ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    PROVIDENCE PORTLAND, ROOM HCC 2,3 4805 NE GLISAN ST. PORTLAND, OR 97213 NAMI MULTNOMAH

    A free, drop-in, peer-led support group for Veterans and Active/Prior Military Service Members living with mental illness

     

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    February 9, 2020 By Alfonso Serrano, The Hechinger Report KQED News https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55286/how-a-program-can-help-kids-re-enter-school-after-a-mental-health-crisis

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Ava had always felt comfortable at the small, private K-8 school she attended just north of Boston. But in high school everything changed.

    Ava first began to experience anxiety and depression after her parents divorced, when she was still in grade school. These problems increased as she entered her teen years, and became even more severe in ninth grade, when she enrolled at Cambridge Rindge & Read More

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