State of Washington Announces Grants to Support and Modernize State Health Mental System with More Community Based Facilities

The Washington State Department of Commerce recently announced $39 million in grants to 18 health care providers across Washington, adding needed spaces to help people with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. These grant funds will help create 341 additional beds, including providing safe places for people to stay upon discharge from the state’s two psychiatric hospitals.

Read more here:

  1. https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-programs-facilities/commerce-awards-39-million-to-increase-facilities-for-behavioral-health-care-statewide/
  2. https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2018/07/23/washington-awards-2-million-mental-health-beds-kitsap/809875002/
  3. https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2018/07/20/mental-health-wellness-triage-center-calm-space-people-crisis/798065002/

2018 WA State Behavioral Health Employment Conference

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

This conference provides a unique venue for the exchange of ideas and
information across all sectors working with persons with behavioral
health conditions with regard to:

1 . Financing employment services, Foundational Community Supports
(FCS) Medicaid Transformation, managed care, and pilot projects from
SAMHSA.

2 . Educating the workforce on the evidence-based practice Individual
Placement and Support (IPS) and building a learning collaborative with
a focus of continuous quality improvement.

3 . Expanding FCS services for Washington residents who have the
greatest and most immediate needs.

4 . Cross Systems collaboration: Department of Vocational
Rehabilitation, Community Service Organizations (CSO), Manage Care,
Supportive Housing providers, Workforce Development, and Tribal VR.

5 . Culture change to include employment as a recovery-oriented
outcome and social determent of health.

Individuals living with behavioral health conditions constitute a
hidden workforce; one that is often overlooked. Stigma related to
behavioral health conditions, often prevents individuals from
seeking professional help. The unemployment rate for individuals
with a behavioral health conditions is more than 80 percent. The
intent of this conference is to learn ways to decrease stigma and
increase employment for individuals living with behavioral health
conditions.

Click here for more information and to register today!