Recent Seattle Area Human Services News
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From Washington State and King County Web sites:
Real Change News -- A Good Source for Activist Concerns!
- The Good Newsletter is available! Published by the members of the King County Quality Review Team, The Good Newsletter is a consumer newsletter that is published bi-monthly to share the thoughts of consumers, youth, and support staff commenting on the King County mental health system and other issues of interest to clients and their family members. Interested authors, poets and artists are invited to contribute!
- The latest Washington State Chemical Dependency Newsletter, Focus, is available as a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat document) at the Department of Social and Health Services Focus web page. It is usually about 12 pages long and approximate download time for a 56K modem is seven minutes. It is worth it!
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." They exist to provide a voice to poor people in our community.
New NAMI Publications and Calendars!
"NAMI" is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an organization that has been advocating for the mentally ill and for quality mental health care and access to care for over 20 years. Many of the state affiliates to the national organization publish their own very informative newsletters.
Recent Human Services News.
- The NAMI Greater Seattle Chapter (formerly WAMI - Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill) offers information and resources for mental health consumers. WAMI was formed in 1978 as a non-profit statewide organization by eight strangers who reached out in response to the needs of one family with a mentally ill member. In the following year, it co-founded the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI Greater Seattle's mission is to address the unmet needs of individuals with mental illness through self-help support groups, 24-hour-a-day person-to-person crisis intervention, information and referral, outreach, advocacy, and public education.
- NAMI Greater Seattle Chapter publishes an excellent bi-monthly newsletter called Spotlight. Past and current issues of Spotlight are available online as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files.
- NAMI Eastside publishes an excellent bi-monthly newsletter called NAMI Eastside News. Please contact NAMI Eastside directly to request them to mail you a copy of the newsletter. It is not currently available online.
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
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Behavioral health news from the Seattle Times:
Check King County Government's Web site for recent human services and public health news:
Seattle Weekly's latest columns on King County human services:
- Seattle Weekly article posted March 1, 2006 -- Mental Lapse.
- Seattle Weekly article posted February 8, 2006 -- Always a Crisis, Never a Solution-- Again, state cuts threaten King County services for indigent mentally ill people.
- Philip Dawdy and the Seattle Weekly continue to spotlight mental health and illness (article posted March 30, 2005) -- Good Cop, Sad Cop -- Meet former King County Sheriff's Deputy Angela Holland. She was a great street cop with numerous commendations and a spotless record. But she was mildly bipolar, so they fired her.
- Kudos, again, to Philip Dawdy and the Seattle Weekly for their mental health coverage! See article posted December 22, 2004 -- Mindful Reform -- It's time for lawmakers to reconsider how we treat and care for the mentally ill..
- Kudos, again, to Philip Dawdy and the Seattle Weekly! See article posted November 17, 2004 -- Psyched Out. It's not really fair to encourage the mentally ill to stick with treatment, to fight for normalcy, when stigma and unemployment await them back in the real world..
- Seattle Weekly article posted August 18, 2004 -- Mental Marijuana -- Can reefer cure madness? The case for legalizing 'green Prozac.'.
- Kudos, again, to Philip Dawdy and the Seattle Weekly! See article posted August 11, 2004 -- NO EXIT -- At Western State Hospital, a hundred patients are in mental health purgatory. They should be freed, but the bureaucracy won't budge.
Thank You for Stopping By!
- Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)
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