Raise Liquor Tax for Substance Use Disorders and Treatment

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in GPS for Youth and Families, Policy Day | Comments Off on Raise Liquor Tax for Substance Use Disorders and Treatment

by Zakia Ruquiya, GPS Parent Partner We would like to create a Substance Use Disorders Treatment Account and require 30% of the funds collected from alcohol license issuance fees from spirits distributor licensees to be deposited into the account.  Revenue from this account should be directed to support community-based prevention, recovery support and treatment services. This initiative is designed to provide funding for programs where state and federal funding falls short.   State revenues are anticipated to decline further as the state looks to make up a deficit. Despite declining...

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Increase Tabacco Purchase Age

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in family support organization, Policy Day | Comments Off on Increase Tabacco Purchase Age

By Gary Sterile, GPS Parent Partner 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. I’d like to spend this blog entry discussing some of the reasons why I believe revising RCW 70.155.080 to increase the tobacco purchase age from 18 years to 21 years is important. As a Parent Partner here at Guided Pathways, I’ve worked with a number of parents who are concerned with the tobacco use of their kids; and so this issue is relevant and...

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A Good Read!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, Mental Illness, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Read!

From the Children’s Mental Health Network – What We Didn’t Say: A struggle — parenting children with mental illness. http://www.cmhnetwork.org/media-center/morning-zen/a-struggle-parenting-children-with-mental-illness Robin Herman seemingly had it all. Graduate of a prestigious university, stellar work career, and former assistant dean for research communications in the Harvard School of Public Health. Secretly included in Robin’s stellar resume was her role as mom to two children with serious mental illness. When she finally broke her silence at a college reunion,...

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Musings From Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County FSO, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings From Susan’s Desk

Many Firsts to Look Forward in 2015 2015 is off to an exciting start for us here at GPS! Among the many new things on the horizon is our first family social event of the year – a St. Valentine’s Day-themed tea for moms and daughters in Renton’s Kiwanis Park building, on Friday, February 6th! During February, we will also continue our collaboration with Atlantic Street Center in their SE Seattle/Cloverdale Family Center where we’ll present parent classes on the IEP process and on how to work with law enforcement to ensure families receive support when in crisis and youth are not...

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A Call for Collaboration – Lifting Our Voices to Advocate for Youth & Families

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, Mental Illness, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Call for Collaboration – Lifting Our Voices to Advocate for Youth & Families

By Ron Jaeger, GPS Board Member The 18th annual King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum took place on November 13th in Seattle.  This year, more than ever, there was a lot to be thankful for.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray noted at the outset that he had never seen a crowd this big at previous forums.  Every seat in the house appeared to be taken. Why was this event so significant?  We each have the right and responsibility to influence decisions about policies that influence our lives.  What happens to people who struggle with mental illness, what happens to people who...

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