Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, executive director, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, national federation, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Here at Guided Pathways –Support for Youth and Families (GPS) we share what we call mission moments at our monthly staff meeting. A mission moment is any experience that reminds us of the importance of youth and family support and the need for helping families with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges achieve wellness and resiliency.   During the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), November 10th – 13th, in Phoenix, AZ, we experienced many mission moments. The sunshine of the Sonoran desert and warm welcome of NFFCHM Executive Director...

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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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Coping with Grandkids

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in adoption support, executive director, family support, family support organization, foster care, foster teens, GPS for Youth and Families | Comments Off on Coping with Grandkids

Our own founding board member Sharon Dysert Ittner has a leading role in an article from Age Wise King County, May 2014 issue that Susan Millender, Executive Director, authored. Coping with Grandkids’ Emotional, Behavioral and Substance Abuse...

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MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in executive director, Family Fun, family support, GPS for Youth and Families, Musings from Susan's Desk, Parent Class, sustainable family support organization, Uncategorized, young adults | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

HEART-FELT GRATITUDE AND HIGH HOPES FOR A BRIGHT NEW YEAR.   As we prepare to bid adieu to 2013, I am filled with gratitude for the wonderful welcome and community involvement GPS received throughout our first year of operation as a new family support organization!  From our official launch in April to December’s wonderfully fun-filled, pre-holiday, family movie night, 2013 delivered on all of its many opportunities to engage King County parents, children and youth. Looking back over 2013 and highlights such as the parenting classes held in August, September and October,  April’s...

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MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in executive director, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, young adults | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Valuing Our Families       If you were anywhere in the vicinity of Coulon Park in Renton on Sunday, June 28th, you would have noticed a lot more than a gentle, summer breeze on a warm and sunny day! You would have seen huge smiles on children’s faces decorated with hearts, unicorns, flowers and other whimsical art. You certainly would have noticed the wide range of ethnic diversity represented by those beautiful faces. You would have heard joyous greetings, animated conversations among the adults gathered in the park and laughter as full and deep as Lake Washington itself! And, upon...

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MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in executive director, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, King County FSO, sustainable family support organization, young adults, youth peers | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

 A Time for Debunking Myths, Exposing Stigmas, Making Progress                 In the twelve days since President Obama signed a proclamation making May, 2013 National Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve been encouraged by news of progress being made in our state and in our country.  Washington state lawmakers passed a bipartisan package of wide-scope mental health bills that will ease crisis-level access to inpatient psychiatric care, reduce delays for mentally ill patients awaiting trial and give school staff better training to spot suicidal students.  In Washington,...

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