Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Summertime and the livin is easy. The lyrics of the popular George Gershwin song may not hold true for many of us parents of kids with emotional and behavioral challenges. Still the season offers a wealth of opportunities to refresh, refuel, and even relax a bit! Time to get outdoors, let the warm of the sun melt away your tension and put a smile on your face! These photos show what we’ve been up to so far this summer. Daylight breaks earlier and lasts longer, during the summer months, giving us more time to walk along a peaceful nature path or sit under a shady tree in the park and...

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Sesame Street in Communities

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sesame Street in Communities

It’s the Month of the Young Child, and the Sesame Street pals are celebrating with videos designed to help little ones grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Check out their video on Children’s Mental Health Network: http://www.cmhnetwork.org/news/sesame-street-communities

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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

Thankful for the Support of Caring Community Members When Deb McCarroll was eight years old, her mother took her on a journey through the streets of Albuquerque and the New Mexico desert. Deb’s book The Long Hot Walk tells her story of being raised by an “unshakable” mother with escalating mental illness. Deb, the author of two books and an artist whose paintings hang in more than a few downtown Seattle businesses, is just one of the wonderfully supportive community members who contributed to Guided Pathways’ first fundraiser, the Youth Empower Happy Hour, April 8th, 2015, at the Mt....

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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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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

It’s always a joy to hear a success story. It’s especially heartening to hear when a youth who is at-risk for adverse life outcomes gets support to overcome challenges and surmount barriers to success. One such story belongs to GPS Youth Peer Coordinator Ashley Peoples.  Ashley’s parents divorced when she was young and she had no one to talk to about dealing with the issues she faced at home.  “I often times felt lost and out of place, like I had no voice, no one to try to assist me,” she said.  Growing up one of eight children in Louisiana, she was taught that whatever happened...

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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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