Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Bullying, Children's Mental Health, young adults | Comments Off on Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

A wonderfully, readable story of transgender students from KUOW.org The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the ninth grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don’t identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with. At the time it didn’t faze me because I’d never known anyone who’d talked about it or felt that way. But now, three years later, I have a 16-year-old classmate who’s transgender. His name is Jace McDonald. For the rest of the story please go to: ...

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Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Policy Day | Comments Off on Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

by Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator Even during the best of economic times, youth and adults living with mental illness struggle to access essential mental health services and supports. Services are often unavailable or inaccessible for those who need them the most. One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. Unfortunately, the public often focuses on mental illness only when high visibility tragedies of the magnitude of Newtown...

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Two of my Favorite Objectives

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Recovery | Comments Off on Two of my Favorite Objectives

by Ron Jaeger, GPS Board Member I’ve been looking over my notes from the King County Mental Health Forum last November.  The forum touched on two of my favorite objectives for legislative advocacy.  They are both general but apply to a lot of the changes I believe that families want to see: 1) Empower families and communities to help loved ones 2) Incentivize the systems to help people as early as possible You may remember the comments of Jim Volendroff, the new Division Director of King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse Dependency who said  “As an adolescent, I had my...

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Full Behavioral Health Integration Requires an Integrated Commitment Statue

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in executive director, King County | Comments Off on Full Behavioral Health Integration Requires an Integrated Commitment Statue

By Susan Millender, GPS Executive Director During the 2014 King County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, the integration of behavioral health involuntary treatment laws (ITA) and the launching of a 16-bed secure detoxification facility was highlighted as a request and legislative priority.  Why is this request an important one to our families?  “Unless you’ve been there, you can’t imagine what it’s like to watch helplessly as someone you love descends into addiction,” David Sheff writes in his book Clean, Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest...

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Revise Federal IMD Exclusion Rule to Allow Medicaid to be Used for Acute Care Stays of 30 Days or Less

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Revise Federal IMD Exclusion Rule to Allow Medicaid to be Used for Acute Care Stays of 30 Days or Less

By Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator At this year’s King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, attendees were presented with a slate of legislative priorities and requests related to behavioral health and substance abuse. One of the requests is to revise the federal Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion rule to exempt stays of 30 days or less. This would allow Medicaid to be used nationwide for mental health evaluation and treatment (E&T) facilities as well as substance abuse detoxification facilities that are larger than 16 beds...

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