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

Holidays Can Hurt When Trauma is Present

Songs in the store tell us this is the “hap/happiest” time of the year, but for people who have experienced trauma this season can trigger difficult emotions. For children with disabilities, those emotions can be particularly complex and confusing. Unexpected behaviors might show up at home or at school, especially when routines are disrupted. Helping Read More

Social Emotional Learning, Part 1: The Importance of Compassionate Schools

A Brief Overview: OSPI has introduced a five-segment training program for school staff focused on Social-Emotional Learning. This program is designed to help school staff understand their roles in promoting students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making. This program encourages staff to use trouble moments as opportunities to understand unmet needs – meeting these moments Read More

Depression and the Autism Spectrum

It is a common misconception that people who have Asperger’s or Autism do not get depression. In fact this is more common than you think! Suicidal thoughts are ten times more likely in people with Asperger’s or in the Autism Spectrum.  Survey data was used on 256 men and 118 women who were diagnosed: 66% Read More