Stories tagged: mental health
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016
Ervin: Executive order stigmatizes disabled.
Putting those under psychiatric care on watch lists unfairly jeopardizes rights.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016
Thompson: Mental health resources lacking for kids, teenagers
Washington ranks 47th among the states regarding youth behavioral health service needs and access to care.
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 12:03 p.m.
As mass killings rise, how can sheriffs keep guns from mentally unstable?
WASHINGTON – Before issuing thousands of permits each year for North Carolinians to buy handguns, sheriffs in some counties across that state have gone through an oft-futile exercise. Relying on …
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Spokane County signs deal with Central Washington counties for mental health beds
Spokane County will get 10 additional beds at Eastern State Hospital for mental health patients as the result of an agreement with Central Washington counties. The deal is necessary after …
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015
Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education
The governor should wait until a work group comes up with another plan to comply with state Supreme Court education rulings.
Fri., Dec. 4, 2015, 6 p.m.
New Crisis Center in CdA aims to keep people out of ER, jail
The Northern Idaho Crisis Center will give individuals 18 and older a place to get immediate help for a mental health or addiction-related crisis, plus referrals for follow-up treatment.
Mon., Nov. 23, 2015, 10 a.m.
Depression can happen to anyone
Many cases of depression, especially when diagnosed early, can be helped by things that tend to protect against developing depression in the first place. Social interaction, exposure to light and …
Thu., June 25, 2015
Three bid to build new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County
Three entities are competing to build a new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County that will help address a statewide shortage of inpatient mental health services. Providence Health Care submitted an …
Sun., June 7, 2015
Officers get enhanced training in mental health, substance abuse issues
When Jen Wagner told her story, her last encounter with law enforcement was fresh in her mind. The 26-year-old college student is a patient at the Spokane Regional Health District …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Five teen suicides have left ‘whole community hurting’
Five teen suicides this school year – including three in the past month – have jolted the community. It’s the highest number in the history of Spokane Public Schools, prompting …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Spokane police officers won’t face charges in 2014 shooting
After an investigation lasting more than 15 months, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it would not seek charges against two police officers who shot a knife-wielding Aaron D. …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Washington lawmakers work to fix mental health care system
OLYMPIA – Lawmakers have come up with dozens of ways to fix Washington’s failing mental health care system, including better services at county jails and psychiatric hospitals and a housing …
Wed., April 29, 2015
CdA mental health crisis center should open soon, official says
An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official said he expects a mental health crisis center to open its doors in Coeur d’Alene within six months. “Everyone involved would like …
Sun., April 5, 2015
Editorial: Legislature deserves court’s reproof after mental health cuts
Because of shameful neglect, the state of Washington has once again been placed under court supervision to ensure it meets a constitutional obligation. With schools, it was a violation of …
Thu., March 26, 2015
Panel hears support for involuntary rehab
OLYMPIA – At the height of his battle with alcohol and drug addiction, Ricky Garcia’s trips to the emergency room were a daily occurrence. Substance abuse took a toll on …
Thu., March 5, 2015
Senate passes bill requiring data on mentally ill patients turned away
OLYMPIA – The state would find out how many people with mental illness are being turned away from treatment facilities under a bill the Senate passed unanimously Wednesday. Under the …
Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Two Washington bills would get mentally ill help quicker
OLYMPIA – Seeking treatment for Washington’s mentally ill may soon become easier. The House Appropriations Committee passed two bills Friday that could involve mental health experts more quickly when friends, …
Wed., Feb. 25, 2015
Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
From our archives, 100 years ago The final report of a special state Senate investigative committee harshly criticized a construction decision made at the Medical Lake insane asylum, as Eastern …
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Washington legislators struggle with ‘boarding’ mentally ill when space is already slim
OLYMPIA – As they try to address multiple court orders on Washington’s mental health system, legislators struggle with a conundrum: How can the state care for more people with mental …
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers’ fear, as seen in salamander saga, has real effects
It’s all well and good for those of us here on earth to make fun of Idaho’s lawmakers for their rejection of an eighth-grader’s request to declare the Idaho giant …
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says
OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Northern Idaho mental illness, obesity are top health issues
Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in northern Idaho, according to a study released Thursday. Both kids and adults struggle with their waistlines, the study found. …
Sat., Dec. 27, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Washington’s mental health services a disservice
So a federal judge in Seattle has now formally ruled what is obvious on its face: Jailing the mentally ill while they wait for the state to provide them services …
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Sandy Hook massacre leaves mental health legacy
NEWTOWN, Conn. – Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse – two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage …
Sat., Aug. 9, 2014, 7:36 p.m.
Spokane County Jail asks for more nurses
The aging Spokane County Jail, filled to the brim with inmates requiring mental health care, needs more help screening arrestees coming through the doors, officials say.
Wed., July 16, 2014, 8:47 a.m.
Coeur d’Alene had top score for crisis center
COEUR d’ALENE - North Idaho lawmakers opposing a bill to fund three mental health crisis centers is part of the reason Coeur d’Alene didn’t get a $1.5 million behavioral-health crisis …
Sun., July 13, 2014
Increased criminal use of airsoft guns worries police
The gun in Stephen Corkery’s hand when he allegedly robbed several Spokane businesses and walked into a fatal standoff on West Grace Avenue in March was fake, investigators say. The …
Tue., April 22, 2014
Robert Sapolsky speaks on stress, degraded health
People just don’t die like they used to. Few of us get cholera or succumb during childbirth. Instead, we live well enough and long enough to see our bodies fall …
Mon., March 24, 2014
Cyclists promote active lifestyles by embarking on cross-country trip
It’s a race for all time as dozens of elderly Spokane assisted living residents keep pace with three baby boomer women pedaling 4,305 miles across the United States – all …
Mon., March 24, 2014
Counselor gives seniors mental health attention they need
For many seniors who lived through the Depression, two world wars and the volatile 20th century, talking about their problems isn’t popular. These generations don’t blab every little detail on …