mental health

Gun Safety
5:01 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Washington Governor Signs Gun Notification Bill 'Sheena Henderson Act'

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure that allows family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned.
Credit Rachel La Corte / Associated Press

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday to help prevent gun violence in mental health emergencies. It allows families to request notification when police return guns to loved ones.

It’s called the Sheena Henderson Act and it’s named for a Spokane woman.

Sheena’s husband Chris had been making suicidal threats before police confiscated his gun.

The day after they returned it, he fatally shot his wife and himself.

Friend Kristin Otoupalik said Sheena should have been told about the gun. 

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Housing and Urban Development
7:38 am
Tue April 21, 2015

HUD Secretary Announces New Round Of Funding For Housing For Homeless Vets

HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced new initiative from the U-S Housing and Urban and Development department will help homeless veterans with mental health issues find housing.
Credit AP Images

A new initiative from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department will help homeless veterans with mental health issues find housing. HUD Secretary Julián Castro made the announcement in Seattle today.

HUD is partnering with the department of Veterans Affairs to help get veterans connected to housing and to VA services.

This new round of money will help about 9-thousand veterans across the country. That's about a fifth of the overall population of homeless veterans in the U.S.

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Crime, Law And Justice
4:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Federal Judge: Washington Jail Inmates Must Get Competency Services Within 7 Days

Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:53 pm

A federal judge in Seattle Thursday ordered the state of Washington to provide mental health evaluations to jail inmates within seven days.

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Mentally Ill Inmates
7:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Mentally Ill Languish In Washington Jails; Federal Trial Set To Begin

Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:45 pm

Mentally ill inmates in Washington state often must wait weeks, or even months in jail for evaluations to see if they’re competent to stand trial.

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Mental Health
4:35 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Deaths, Lawsuits Spur Mental Health Bills In Washington Legislature

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 4:32 pm

Mental health is one of the top issues in the Washington legislature this year. Several measures cleared the Washington House Monday in advance of a Wednesday cut-off deadline.

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Mental Health
5:46 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Allow Families Of Mentally Ill To Petition For Involuntary Treatment

Joel Reuter was a 28-year old Seattle man who was killed in a standoff with police in 2013 after firing a gun from his balcony.
Doug Reuter

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:48 pm

For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”

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Psychiatric Boarding
4:53 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Critics Assail Proposal To Allow Limited Psychiatric Boarding In Washington

National Institute of Mental Health

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 2:58 pm

Mental health advocates in Washington are assailing a proposal to allow psychiatric boarding in limited cases.

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Mental Health Law
5:02 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Father Of Slain Woman Lobbies For Mental Health Laws

Gary Kennison, right, and Kristen Otoupalik, left, help state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, introduce a mental health-related bill named in honor of Kennison's murdered daughter Sheena Henderson.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 3:53 pm

The father of a Spokane woman shot to death by her husband in a murder-suicide is pushing for expanded mental health laws in Washington.

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Health and Medicine
5:20 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Starting Friday, Mental Health 'Boarding' No Longer Allowed In Washington

National Institute of Mental Health

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:17 pm

The day after Christmas is the deadline for the state of Washington to end a practice known as psychiatric “boarding.”

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Idaho Mental Health
5:33 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Idaho Opens Its First Mental Health Crisis Center

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter was among those on hand for Monday's ribbon cutting in Idaho Falls.
Credit State of Idaho

A new center for treating people having a mental health crisis is now open in Idaho. Officials held a ribbon-cutting in Idaho Falls Monday.

The center is the first of its kind in Idaho. It’s meant to address the need for care for people during mental health emergencies. Mental health advocates and police say too often, those people end up in jail or hospital emergency rooms. The new center is modeled after one in Billings, Montana.

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