mental health http://nwpr.org en Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ http://nwpr.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <p>Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:16:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48493 at http://nwpr.org Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ Author Plumbs The Human Psyche Through 'Animal Madness' http://nwpr.org/post/author-plumbs-human-psyche-through-animal-madness Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>Oliver was anxious all the time. He demonstrated compulsive behavior, and he howled every time his parents left him alone at home. Oliver was a dog - a Bernese Mountain Dog.<p>But he, like many animals, displayed some amazingly human psychological traits. That was the inspiration for Laurel Braitman's new book. It's called "Animal Madness." It looks at the mental states and behaviors of animals and how they sometimes mirror our own. Laurel Braitman joins me now from KQED in San Francisco. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:16:00 +0000 editor 48320 at http://nwpr.org State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case http://nwpr.org/post/state-high-court-hears-pyschiatric-boarding-case <p>Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:45:44 +0000 Ruby de Luna 48142 at http://nwpr.org State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case Police: One Student Dead In Oregon High School Shooting http://nwpr.org/post/police-one-student-dead-oregon-high-school-shooting <div><p>Update: Police in Oregon say 1 student was killed in this morning's school shooting. The gunman is also dead.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:02:42 +0000 Sueann Ramella 47241 at http://nwpr.org Mental Health Experts Call New Rural Program A Good Start http://nwpr.org/post/mental-health-experts-call-new-rural-program-good-start <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121013AK_Warren_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.<p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:36:35 +0000 Anna King 38520 at http://nwpr.org DSHS Settles Case Involving Children with mental health needs http://nwpr.org/post/dshs-settles-case-involving-children-mental-health-needs <p>In 2009, the state was sued by advocates representing children on Medicaid who have schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The advocates argued that the Department of Social and Health Services wasn’t providing sufficient home based services to help keep them stable.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:45:08 +0000 Derek Wang 33446 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Legislature Falls Short Of 'Game-Changing' Mental Health Investment http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-legislature-falls-short-game-changing-mental-health-investment <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/070913CL_mentalhealth_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>This year in the Oregon legislature, there was a big push to dramatically boost funding for mental health programs. The effort was spurred on by mass shootings in Connecticut and Oregon. But mental health advocates say in the end, the legislature fell far short of the game-changer they hoped for.<p>After last December's mass shootings in Newtown and the Clackamas Town Center, Democrats and Republicans found bipartisan agreement on the need for more mental health funding. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:29:56 +0000 Chris Lehman 30679 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Legislature Falls Short Of 'Game-Changing' Mental Health Investment Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition http://nwpr.org/post/teen-alleged-albany-bomb-plot-could-have-rare-mental-condition <p>The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 00:58:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 28403 at http://nwpr.org Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition Mental Health Debate Personal For One Oregon Lawmaker http://nwpr.org/post/mental-health-debate-personal-one-oregon-lawmaker <p>After last December’s mass shootings in Oregon and Connecticut, Democrats and Republicans in the Oregon legislature called for increased funding for mental health care. Now, there’s a proposal under discussion that would expand such programs in a big way, but it remains caught up in a debate over how to fund it. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with one lawmaker for whom mental health care is a very personal issue.</p><p> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:14:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 28220 at http://nwpr.org Washington Mental Health Reform Focuses On Preventive Care http://nwpr.org/post/washington-mental-health-reform-focuses-preventive-care <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/032813AKoly_MentalHealth_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Health care advocates are pushing Washington state lawmakers to keep up momentum toward expanding access to Medicaid. About 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They argue one group that will especially benefit is people with mental illness.<p>Inside the Capitol, that’s one of many issues related to the mentally ill. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:40:29 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 25062 at http://nwpr.org Washington Mental Health Reform Focuses On Preventive Care