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"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated September 25, 2007 --

      Welcome!   Or, Welcome Back!

    This page contains notices about new content or information that has been recently posted at The Mental Health Activist Web site. This site is in the process of being updated and readied for the 2008 Washington State Legislative Session.

      Washington State Mental Health Transformation Work Group.

    On December 9, 2005, the 32 members of the Transformation Work Group met in Olympia for the first time. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of the grant and an orientation to this collaborative initiative. Please check the Mental Health Transformation Project Web site for more information.

      Get the Latest News on State and Federal Mental Health Parity!

    To get the latest news and updates about state and federal mental health parity at our MentalHealthParity.com Web site. Mental health parity advocates support the implementation of rules that require insurers to cover mental illness in a manner equal to other illnesses. This includes similar deductibles, co-pays, annual benefits, lifetime benefits, and access to care.

      New Ways to Connect to Advocacy Issues!

    Here are a few new ways to connect to advocacy information at The Mental Health Activist.

    • Check the Mental Illness Stigma page to view a greatly-upgraded page of information and resources about how to understand and combat the ongoing problem of mental illness stigma and negative mindsets about mental health treatment.

    • CutDrugCosts.com is our new Medication Advocacy Web site. Get updated information and links about reducing medication costs for both individuals and state systems.

    • UniversalHealthInsurance.com is our new Web site devoted to the issue of the Consolidated Financing of Health Care for All. Check it out for information and links about advocacy related to universal health insurance (also called "single-payer health care" or "consolidated financing of health care for all").

    • MentalHealthParity.com is our new Mental Health Parity Web site. Check it out for information and links about advocacy related to mental health parity. Mental health parity advocates support the implementation of rules that require insurers to cover mental illness in a manner equal to other illnesses. This includes similar deductibles, co-pays, annual benefits, lifetime benefits, and access to care.

    • Stay up to date with news in several advocacy areas such as homelessness, the recovery model, jail diversion programs, advisory boards, fund raising efforts, and announcements about rallies by clicking on the Hot News Button to your left.

    • Click on the Government Button to your left to get linked to Budget News, the Washington State Governor, and the Washington State Legislature News, among many other things.

      New -- Donations Page!

    Please go to our Donations Page to learn how you can make donations to help support the mission of MentalHealthActivist.org and its affiliated Web sites to provide useful and professional mental health information.

    Dr. Sterling has chosen to allow visitors to MentalHealthActivist.org to make donations to support this site rather than soliciting advertisers and sponsors. Dr. Sterling desires to provide unbiased information and answers to your questions. He has received positive feedback from users who appreciate that there is no advertising present on the MentalHealthActivist.org site. Thank you for your kind consideration for donations to support the maintenance and the mission of MentalHealthActivist.org.

    Please go to our Funding Notices to get more information about funding and advertising at MentalHealthActivist.org and its affiliated Web sites.

      Everything You Wanted to Know About "Tort Reform."

    Please visit our Tort Reform News page to learn about escalating malpractice insurance rates and what to do about it. Why should you worry as a consumer? Why should you worry as a provider of mental health services? Why should you worry as a physician? Most of the answers can be found at our Tort Reform News page.

      New Feature at The Mental Health Soapbox!

    Please visit our Mental Health Soapbox page to learn how to submit your rave or rant. The Mental Health Soapbox is the place where Dr. Sterling will post your articles about stigma, politics, budgets, politicians, society, culture and advocacy related to mental health and chemical dependency issues and concerns. A "soapbox" is a place where you can speak your views passionately.

      Hot Dates! -- Events, Meetings, Fund Raisers!

    Please check our Hot Dates! Page to get the latest notices about human service rallies, events, meetings and fund raisers. If you know of any hot dates that should be posted on our Hot Dates! Page, .

      Advisory Boards are Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

    The King County Mental Health Advisory Board (KCMHAB) is recruiting members. If you would like to apply to be a member of the KCMHAB, please go to KCMHAB Recruitment Page to view information about the application process.

    The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board (KCASAAB) is recruiting members. If you would like to apply to be a member of the KCASAAB, please go to KCASAAB Recruitment Page to view information about the application process.

    The Washington State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) is looking for members for its Legislative and Planning Subcommittees. You do not have to be a member of the council to be a member of MHPAC Subcommittees. Please call Joann Freimund, Chair (360-866-1575, jgfreimund@aol.com).

    King County United Way maintains a List of Boards Looking for Volunteers Web page which contains a comprehensive list of boards asking for your help.

      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)


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