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-- Updated September 26, 2007 --
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The mission of this page is to link you to a few of the best sites that provide reports, articles and discussions of significant issues related to mental health care, human services and chemical dependency.
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. The Comprehensive Mental Health Plan is due to SAMHSA by September 30, 2006. The plan will be based on the work of subcommittees and task groups.
King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse & Dependency Services Division.
Many public meetings are planned. Please check the following Web site for more information on how to participate in the work associated with the federal Mental Health Transformation Grant.
The following are links to Mental Health, Chemical Abuse & Dependency Services Division Web pages.
Hot Washington State Human Services Web Sites!
Washington State Support Resources.
- Mental Health Division Web site. The Division's Web site contains everything from information about advance directives to strategic plans.
- The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services News Release Page is an informative site worth frequent visits.
- The Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) -- What's New, Hot? Web page is worth visiting often. It is new and contains new information and several very useful links.
- Seattle Community Network (SCN.org). SCN.org's mission is community empowerment. The site includes a Calendar of Peace and Justice Events.
- Seattle Activism Web Site. SeattleActivism.org provides information on upcoming events, actions, and meetings as well as links to organizations and resources in the Seattle area related to progressive activist issues.
- Washington Protection & Advocacy System Web site.
- Check the University of Washington School of Social Work Policy Watch Page for updates on budget, legislative and policy matters as the legislative session gets into high gear.
- Check the Children's Alliance Web site for their legislative agenda and responses to budget proposals.
- The Arc of Washington -- Since 1936, the Arc of Washington State has been a leader in the development of services and programs for people with developmental disabilities, such as, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and related neurological disorders which occur before age 18.
- The Washington Community Mental Health Council is a non-profit, professional association of about fifty mental health centers in communities across the State of Washington.
- Washington Citizen Action, Washington's largest grassroots public interest group. Their Web page has several links to Medicaid waiver reports and Medicaid issues.
- Northwest Federation of Community Organizations. The Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO) is a regional organization comprised of four well-established statewide citizen action organizations – Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN), Montana People's Action (MPA), Oregon Action (OA), and Washington Citizen Action (WCA).
- The Washington Health Foundation is sponsoring town hall meetings across the State of Washington. Check their site for more information about health care in Washington State.
- The Washington State Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) is a statewide public interest advocacy organization. WashPIRG's mission is to deliver persistent, results-oriented activism that protects public health and the environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.
- Check the University of Washington's Health Policy Analysis Program Web site for many links to reports and articles on health care policy in Washington State.
- Go to the Washington State Medical Association Web site to read news articles and position papers about Medicare, Medicaid, and tort reform, among others.
Several Washington State NAMI affiliates have their own Web sites listed below. To view a list of other Washington State NAMI affiliates and find contact phone numbers, please check the NAMI Affiliates Search Page.
Real Change News -- A Good Source for Activist Concerns!
Hot National Human Services Web Sites!
- Check the Web site for Real Change News, a Seattle bi-weekly newspaper sold on the streets of Seattle by vendors who may be homeless or low-income. The Real Change mission is to "organize, educate, and build alliances to create solutions to homelessness and poverty."
- Find out about First Things First, a coalition devoted to a more humane Seattle.
- Read the Real Change article posted September 19, 2002 -- The Doctor is OUT! -- Medicaid Deserts the Poor.
General Interest Advocacy Web Sites.
- The National Mental Health Association's (NMHA) Home Page -- The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Home Page -- Founded in 1979 as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families.
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Care -- Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
- Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) -- The Treatment Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating legal and clinical barriers to timely and humane treatment for millions of Americans with severe brain disorders who are not receiving appropriate medical care.
- Campaign for Mental Health -- California Proposition 63 -- Proposition 63 expands mental health care for children and adults, using programs proven to be effective. Proposition 63 was passed in 2004 with 53.4% YES votes, an historic accomplishment for mental health in California.
- President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Web site features an online feedback section at which you can provide your comments to the Commission about access to mental health care and several other issues.
- Check Pulse, a free service of the Centre for Community Change International, which gathers new and noteworthy Internet resources for mental health providers, family members of individuals with mental illness, consumers of mental health services and consumer advocates.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation's Daily Health Policy Report Web site is a highly recommended site for keeping up with news about the drug industry, consumer initiatives, and all aspects of developing health care policy.
- Check the latest news and findings related to the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, also known as Proposition 36, at the Proposition 36 Web site. It was passed by 61% of California voters on November 7, 2000.
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans. Check the kind of projects they are funding and find links to health policy sites.
Below, please find links to other activist and advocacy organizations that may be of interest to you.
Thank You for Stopping By!
- Dads and Daughters is a national education and advocacy nonprofit organization for fathers and daughters. DADs strengthens father-daughter relationships and battles pervasive cultural messages that value daughters more for how they look than who they are.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the mother of modern activist organizations. Drunk driving and its consequences can be prevented. You can take action to make your community a healthier and safer place. Join a growing number of people across the nation who have launched coordinated efforts to prevent drunk driving in their communities
- About.com's Fatherhood Site offers insights, links, and resources from one of the earliest fatherhood-focused Internet sites. You can apply to become the Guide for the About.com Fatherhood forum.
- The Nation provides links to all types of social, political and cultural information and activist organization Web sites.
- Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)
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