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Week of January 28, 2019
Since the legislature convened for the 105-day 2019 legislative session, things have been moving quickly with behavioral health policy front and center. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate held hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget, which proposes to spend more than $670 million on transforming our state’s behavioral health care system.

These investments are a good start, but we need more. Specifically, NAMI Washington Director of Public Policy & Advocacy Brad Forbes encouraged the House and Senate to:
– Include funding for school-based mental health services to provide early intervention
– Increase funding for community-based programs that keep people in recovery and prevent relapses
– Grow our investments in housing programs such as the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Program. More than 75% of people referred to HEN have a diagnosed mental illness, and this program has been shown to provide people with needed stability.

We will keep you up to date on these issues and others as they develop throughout the session.

Below are NAMI Washington’s 2019 top legislative priorities:

Teaching children critical mental health skills
Providing accurate information about mental health and teaching about early intervention will encourage early intervention, shortening recovery time and reduce future costs.

Improving behavioral health options for youth & families
Improving the ability of parents to assist their youth by increasing access to information and expanding treatment options.

Supporting the Trueblood lawsuit settlement
Improves the competency and restoration process for individuals in jail with mental illness. Beyond ensuring that evaluations are done timely, the settlement focuses on diversion and policy changes to limit the number of individuals needing competency and restoration.

Investing in inpatient care and early intervention
– Support investments in community-based inpatient facilities, providing better care closer to home
– Fund housing with wrap-around services to keep people stable while they recover from a crisis
– Invest in peer support programs to allow patients to receive support from people they can relate to

If you have any questions at all, reach out to the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Brad Forbes at bforbes@namiwa.org.


 

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March 14, 2019

In the United States, 44 million adults – about one in five – have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. This is a rising healthOpens a New Window. challenge that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, educationOpens a New Window. or careerOpens a New Window.. Those living with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders often experience strained relationships at home and at Read More

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has approved a proposal to extend the length of time that authorities may hold people experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises under the state’s involuntary treatment act.

    The bill would expand the length of time for initial holds — before patients see a judge — from three days to five, and would also expand the types of facilities that could hold patients detained due to substance use disorders to include traditional hospitals.

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    NAMI is proud to share our new white paper: “Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope: Advocacy, Academia, Industry and Government Push for New Mental Health Treatment Options.” This paper describes the important work NAMI and our partners have done to push forward in the difficult and complex field of brain science and developing treatment for mental illness.

    NAMI has advocated for better treatments, better legal protections and better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness for Read More

    Quality friendships have the potential to give us feelings of compassion, belonging and happiness. They can help improve our sense of self-worth and help us cope. When you have a mental illness, you may think that your friendships are bound to be more complicated. You may even deem healthy relationships impossible. But it’s very important to dispel the internalized stereotype that your relationships will suffer because of your mental illness.

    Friendships can flourish despite a diagnosis. There are many reasons why friendships fade, Read More

    The Able Savings Plan developed by the State of Washington assists people with disabilities with saving for the future or for major expenses. It is a way to do this that will not work against their disability benefits. Below is a quote from the Washinton State Able program site.

    “For too long, people with disabilities could not save for the future out of fear of losing needed government benefits. The disability community fought long and hard to change this, and together Read More

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    Almost the entirety of my experience in seeking mental health care (apart from the actual therapy) has been online.

    I looked for a therapist using different “find a therapist” search engines, clicking filters that would account for my insurance and location. I’ve read blogs and personal accounts of others’ experiences with therapy to determine if I found the right therapist. I’ve sought validation and support from friends and family by posting about my anxiety Read More

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