Stories tagged: mental health
Sat., May 20, 2017, 5:09 a.m.
Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness
The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …
Sun., May 14, 2017, midnight
Solve side effect of mental health ruling
Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Spokane County faces millions in penalties for heavy use of Eastern State Hospital
Spokane County may be on the hook to pay more than $3 million to Eastern State Hospital this year for patient care, nearly a quarter of the county’s budget for …
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
McNeil changing treatment to avoid ‘warehousing’ some sexual predators
Group that protects rights of the disabled, Washington officials reach agreement on better treatment options for some sexual predators housed at McNeil Island.
Sat., April 29, 2017, 4 p.m.
LA jail adapts amid meth-fueled rise in mentally ill inmates
Perhaps the largest group of mentally ill inmates in the U.S. resides in Los Angeles in one of the world’s largest jail complexes. Over the past seven years, the jail’s …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 5 p.m.
The 34-year-old neuroscientist developing a drug to prevent depression and PTSD
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Rebecca Brachman sat at a table in a quiet area of the convention center Monday evening when a man approached her. “Your talk inspired me. I …
Sun., April 23, 2017, noon
‘13 Reasons Why’ depicts a graphic suicide; experts say there’s a problem with that
The “Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide,” a list of guidelines for media outlets developed by suicide prevention experts and journalists, emphasizes that suicide is usually the result of multiple causes, …
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:06 p.m.
After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care
The trauma of the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,300, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, has left many survivors fighting a battle some worry will …
Fri., April 14, 2017, 1:36 p.m.
After hundreds of suicides off Golden Gate Bridge, new net could save lives
The Golden Gate Bridge is among the most photographed bridges in the world, recognized internationally as a majestic symbol of San Francisco, and the United States. But for decades, and …
UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 9:14 a.m.
First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July
First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours …
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
WSU study: Alcoholics drink less with the promise of small rewards
What’s the cheapest way to get an alcoholic to drink less? According to a new WSU study, giving them small rewards might do the trick.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 11 a.m.
House Call: Pay attention to warning signs for eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental health issues which when identified and addressed early, can have good outcomes. They are not just a problem of food and control.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 7:47 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers approve update to child mental health rules
Idaho lawmakers are considering a set of rule changes that would strengthen a community approach to the state’s mental health treatment for children.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 6:45 a.m.
The Washington Legislature: School funding, mental health care top lawmakers’ agenda
Some things to look for after the Washington Legislature opens Monday and embarks on its 2017 session.
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Spokane’s new psychiatric hospital will help meet soaring demand for care
Eastern Washington is one of the hardest places in the U.S. to find a bed for mental health care. The state has been sanctioned multiple times for violating the constitutional …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 9 a.m.
Dr. Zorba Paster: Shining a light on mental illness
Dear Doc: Thank you so much for your article in the paper on being proactive about discussing depression with your doctor. What a critical point. I also have been writing …
Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 10 a.m.
Bellevue-bound: David Oshinsky’s history of America’s most storied hospital
A fault line lies across the history of Bellevue Hospital so that the rumble of major social trends, political history and, less surprisingly, changes in scientific understanding create seismic waves …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 5 a.m.
Matt Layton brings a new focus for successful treatment of drug addicts
Dr. Matt Laytons is an early adopter of new and successful ideas to treat drug addicts.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 5 p.m.
4 things depression-symptom checklists don’t tell you
Let’s just get this out of the way up top: I have depression. That doesn’t mean that I’m weeping inconsolably as I write this. Or that I need an emergency …
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 3:38 p.m.
Northern Idaho Crisis Center logs more than 1,000 visits during first year of operation
It’s been a busy first year at the Northern Idaho Crisis Center, which opened last December. The center provides help for people who are experiencing crises related to mental health …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
Idaho to request $11 million for parolee mental health services
Idaho health officials plan to ask lawmakers for about $11 million annually to provide mental health and drug abuse services to the state’s parole offenders who are at the highest …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, midnight
House Call: Variety of treatments can help teens deal with anxiety
The teenage years are exciting both for teens and their parents as teens are dealing with changing bodies, surging hormones, testing boundaries, and trying new experiences. Part of the job …
Sat., Nov. 12, 2016, midnight
Susan Johnson: Protections, help available for mental illnesses
It’s time for us to let people who are living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, and that the government is providing important protections for people …
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
‘Man in tree’ gets probation through mental health court
Officials say a man who refused to come down from a giant sequoia tree in Seattle will have his charges dismissed if he complies with the terms of his probation …
Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, midnight
Bryant offers more engaged leadership
Gov. Jay Inslee has a sunny re-election pitch: Economy has rebounded; big investments in education and transportation; definitive action on climate change. And while much of that occurred while he …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Lawyers concerned about collection of mental health data
Portland police have been collecting information about the mental state of arrestees since spring, but some lawyers say the practice raises privacy concerns.
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, midnight
Leonard Pitts Jr.: U.S. the most civilized of nations?
For at least one prisoner, what made all this worse is that it was America doing it to him. America, the world champion of human rights. America, the nation of …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 6:12 p.m.
Spokane police respond to ‘suicidal person’ calls an average of three times a day, new report says
Spokane police are called to help someone who’s thinking about committing suicide an average of three times a day, according to a new department report. The report analyzed the 556 …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
Study: Screening positive for depression doesn’t mean you’ll get treatment
A study published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine illustrates that phenomenon. Most Americans who screen positive for depression don’t receive treatment – while most who did receive treatment don’t …
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
John Hinckley to leave DC mental hospital for Virginia
The man who shot President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to leave a Washington mental hospital for good on Saturday, more than 35 years after the shooting. A federal judge ruled …