Tips to Organize Your Child’s Medical and School Documents

Care planning and a well-organized system to keep track of important documents can save time and create comfort during uncertain times. This article provides some tips for building a “care notebook,” which might be a three-ring binder, an accordion file, or a portable file box—whatever makes sense for your organizational style and the types of Read More

Technology Provides Options for Medical Care from a Distance

A Brief Overview During the coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay-home orders, some providers are offering online appointments. This article includes information about access to telehealth and how to prepare for a virtual visit. Federal privacy laws have been relaxed during the shutdown to allow more opportunities for on-screen healthcare. Washington’s telemedicine parity law was updated Read More

Stay-Home Help: Get Organized, Feel Big Feelings, Breathe

A Brief Overview How can families manage stress during the COVID-19 crisis? This article includes a few ideas to help you get organized, explore big feelings within your family and breathe. PAVE provides two five-minute videos with mindfulness practices: Calm the Worry Monkey with Hot Chocolate Breath and Breathe with Plants and Trees. Another quick Read More

How to Prepare for a DDA Assessment

Here are tips for getting ready for an assessment with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), which is managed by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Be sure to send information to the DDA case manager ahead of time and keep a copy. If you save the assessment electronically in Word/Google Documents, Read More

Families and Youth Have a Voice on Mental Health Matters Through FYSPRT

A Brief Overview FYSPRT (pronounced fiss-burt) is a hard acronym to learn, but it’s worth the effort for families and young people who want to talk about improving mental healthcare systems. Here’s what FYSPRT means: Family members, Youth and System Partners (professionals) get together at a “Round Table” (meaning everyone has an equal voice) to Read More