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Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Diversion Unit works to divert people experiencing mental health crises away from the hospital or jail.


Mental health pros divided on therapeutic value of cannabis

To date, there haven’t been significant scientific studies to back claims that cannabis has mental or physical health benefits.


Six tips for talking to kids about mental health

With rates of depression rising among youth of all ages and some children as young as age 9 attempting suicide, experts are recommending that parents, doctors and teachers talk to …


State agrees to penitentiary improvements for inmates with mental health needs

Department of Corrections will spend $5 million to settle a lawsuit over the rights of inmates with mental health needs at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.


How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert

So how can people reap the benefits of social media without letting it harm their mental health?


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Faces of concussions: NHL’s head-on battle with an epidemic

Scores of retired NHL players are still grappling with the effects of head injuries they suffered during their careers. Daniel Carcillo is one of them.


Sue Lani Madsen: The glimmers of hope for mental health

“Our commitment is to continually making things better. You can’t wake up every morning frustrated,” advised Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. Actually, you can, but it’s not healthy. …


Psychiatric hospital staff struggle with assault, chickenpox

While Washington’s lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state’s ailing mental health system, workers at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, …


Laws to help shift mental health care to communities

New laws aim to move mental health care out of large institutions and into community settings.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Lawmakers approved plan to fix the mental health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of …


Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Washington State spring game raises more than $80,000 for Cougar Health Fund, generates conversation around mental health

The 2019 Crimson and Gray Game was a fine preview trailer for the 5,059 fans that attended, but it was also much more than a football showcase.


Know how to manage your triggers for stress

The kids are screaming, the bills are due and the pile of papers on your desk is growing at an alarming pace. It’s undeniable – life is full of stress. …


Senate gives unanimous approval to new mental health care hospital at UW

A key component of the Legislature’s plan to combat the mental health care crisis and satisfy federal complaints about its current system passed the Senate Wednesday on a unanimous vote.


New rules would allow longer forced holds

A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.


Washington state awards grant to Excelsior Wellness Center for substance abuse facility

The roughly $500,000 grant will help build an eight-bed facility in Excelsior Wellness Center’s new facility designed to treat teenagers who require short, targeted interventions to combat drug abuse.


Rypien recommends TMS treatment and increasing mental health dialogue

Former football star has found some help using transcranial magnetic stimulation to alleviate depression symptoms thought to stem from brain injury.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:57 a.m.

Researcher: Mental health issues often progress after brain injury

Christine MacDonald, a brain injury researcher with the University of Washington’s department of neurological surgery, will discuss “Brain Injury & Psychological Health Following Combat Deployment: The Invisible Wounds of War” …


Trump lashes out at George Conway, who has been questioning the president’s mental health

President Trump on Tuesday called the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway “a total loser,” responding to mounting questions by George Conway about the state of Trump’s mental health.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Government statistics show …


Officials: State needs to invest in mental health facilities

A recent death of a jail inmate shows why the state needs to invest more in mental health care and add beds in secure mental health facilities, Idaho officials said.


Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system

Seeking to reverse the multitude of crises that have engulfed Washington’s mental-health system, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday released a plan that would radically reshape the care of patients.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget and policy plans Tuesday for fixing the state’s struggling mental health system in the coming years.


Police call this mental health crisis program ‘a godsend.’ Could it work in Idaho?

The hotline Targeted Adult Service Coordination program doesn’t exist in Idaho, where police officers and sheriff’s deputies may be the first and only people to respond to mental health emergencies …


Mental health first aid: INHS class aims to train community members to recognize symptoms

Mental Health First Aid: The eight-hour course that’s new to Spokane teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to people who show signs of mental illnesses and substance use …


Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …


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 …