Suicide Awareness Webinar

Disabilities impact a person’s ability to cope with life’s challenges and put individuals with disabilities at higher risk for suicide. A youth with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the Emotional Disturbance category of disability might struggle with a mental health condition that makes suicidal thinking a regular part of school and life struggles. Individuals Read More

Children’s Long-Term Inpatient Program (CLIP) Provides Residential Psychiatric Treatment

A Brief Overview CLIP serves children ages 5-18 by providing residential mental-health treatment for a long-term stay that usually lasts 6-12 months. Read on for more information about CLIP eligibility and how to initiate a referral. Governor Jay Inslee in December recommended $675 million in new funding for behavioral health improvements statewide, and policymakers are Read More

Mental Health Education and Support at School can be Critical

A Brief Overview Approximately one in five youth experience a mental illness before age 25. About half of those with diagnosed conditions drop out of school. Suicide kills two Washington students each week. These outcomes make adolescence a critical time for mental health promotion, early identification and intervention. A mom in Graham, WA, launched a Read More

Links for Health & Wellness

National Family Voices  – Access and contact information for state Family-to-Family (F2F) Health Information Centers. Direct support for children or youth with special health care needs, such as premature birth; autism; mental, behavioral, or emotional health issues; a genetic diagnosis; or a physical or developmental disability. The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (National Center) is Read More

Bullying at School: Resources and the Rights of Students with Special Needs

Students with disabilities are bullied at a higher rate than their typical peers. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, providing a good opportunity to review information about available resources and actions families can take. According to Disability Scoop magazine, about half of individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, speech impairments and learning disabilities are bullied at Read More