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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to …


Judge: Police reports at psychiatric hospital are public

A judge has ruled that the names of people in police reports involving alleged crimes are public records even if the people are patients at a Washington state psychiatric hospital.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Here are some of Lisa Brown’s top legislative accomplishments and her votes on high-profile bills

Lisa Brown joined the Washington Legislature in 1993 and rose to the highest level of power in the state Senate. Many of her legislative accomplishments came as the leader of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

‘I’m sure he was trying to come home’: Former Shock player Ellison dies on side of road in California

A former starting linebacker and defensive back for Spokane Shock arena football team died last Thursday due to unknown causes on the freeway in San Fernando Valley, according to the …


Frontier Behavioral Health will start expanded crisis hotline

Frontier Behavioral Health – Eastern Washington’s largest mental health provider based in Spokane – is expanding their toll-free crisis line to include services for several surrounding counties.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health hospital opens; will begin receiving patients next month

Spokane’s newest psychiatric hospital was officially unveiled Thursday before a ceremony of about 50 people.


Destiny’s Child singer Williams seeks mental health help

Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams says she’s seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

Spokane depression rate higher than state, national averages

Spokane has a higher rate of depression than both Washington and the U.S., according to a study published this month from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


Eye on Boise: Idaho examines its mental health system

Advocates for improving Idaho’s behavioral health system say the time is right.


Apple Health patients have new online access to mental health services

Community Health Plan of Washington is trying to make it easier for Washingtonians with Apple Health to access mental health services.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Rural America must move past mental health stigma

Isolation, family pressures and economic stress are now recognized as major mental health risk factors. And the rugged Rough Rider image Teddy Roosevelt established as the archetype of American manhood …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

Inslee: Washington should base mental health facilities in communities around state

State should move to a system of community-based mental health facilities for patients committed by the courts, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Police departmen brings on social worker as mental health calls rise

A Minnesota police department has hired a social worker to help de-escalate situations as mental health calls rise.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting.


Bill proposes mental health exception in felony battery law

An Idaho lawmaker has proposed inserting a mental health exception in a 2014 felony battery law that protects health care workers.


Former congressman Patrick Kennedy calls for proactive mental health treatment during Spokane speech

In a speech at the Spokane Convention Center, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy added his voice to a community conversation about improving mental health and addiction treatment, detailing his own …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m.

Patrick Kennedy to speak in Spokane about mental health and addiction treatment

Patrick Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011, will speak Wednesday at a community conversation on mental health sponsored by Providence Health Care …


Matt Calkins: Take it from me, QB’s death a reminder that help is available

Studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) show that about one in five Americans suffer a mental illness each year. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control …


Overcoming the stigma of mental illness

One in five Americans suffer from mental illness, according to the National Association on Mental Illness, and about 1 in 25 live with schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, major depression and/or …


Trump faces presidential fitness test amid raised concerns

President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected …


House Call: Helping kids develop tools to become resilient

What can parents and adults do to help children develop tools for good mental health and emotional resilience?


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

Agreement means 2 mental hospitals slated for Lacey

The standoff between two groups that wanted to bring a mental health hospital to Thurston County was settled after Providence St. Peter Hospital announced a new agreement.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better screening and services, especially for young people showing a …


A father’s choice: Phil Tyler wants to talk about his son’s suicide

Devon Tyler liked to tug at his father’s heartstrings. “He would write cards for my birthday or Father’s Day or Christmas,” said Phil Tyler, a former Spokane County Jail deputy, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Texas church gunman once escaped from mental health center

The gunman who carried out the massacre at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012 and got in trouble for bringing …


Tod Marshall: Well-being depends upon connections, living in the moment

Literally, pointing out flowers, walking in a park, urging young people to see the world can have a huge impact on their mental health.


Judge holds Washington state mental health agency in contempt, orders fines

A federal judge has found the Washington state agency that oversees mental health services in contempt for failing to provide timely competency evaluations for people waiting in jails.


Want your kids to be resilient? Here’s what not to do.

Amy Morin knows a lot about resiliency. A licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and foster parent, she has devoted her life to helping others resolve problems and conflicts.


House Call: Tools for maintaining good mental health

I challenge you to think of good mental health as more than just the absence of mental health problems. Good mental health is a critical part of one’s overall health.


Back on track: 15 years after a brain injury and fighting the mental health issues it caused, Spokane man is ready to help others

A brain injury sent Ray Holman spiraling out of control with drugs and alcohol. Now, after three stays at Eastern State, he’s ready to help others like him.