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State leaders prepare for implementation of the 988 call line

| May 11, 2022 | Washington

Behavioral health officials discussed the implementation of the 988 suicide prevention call line at a meeting on Tuesday.     Members of the Crisis Response Improvement Strategy (CRIS) Committee discussed the national 988 call line, which is a universal number people can call to receive personal assistance—or help for a...[ Read More ]

Task force considers federal funding options to support health insurance plan for Oregonians

| May 10, 2022 | Oregon

A new task force discussed federal funding options for supporting a health insurance plan for low-income Oregonians Tuesday.     Oregon’s Bridge Health Care Program Task Force was formed after the passage of House Bill 4035 during the last legislative session. Members are working to create a bridge program to...[ Read More ]

Washington State Department of Commerce awards $47 million for behavioral health treatment projects

| May 10, 2022 | Washington

Grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce will fund several projects that will help people with behavioral health issues receive local treatment services. Commerce officials will distribute $47 million to fund 25 projects through its Behavioral Health Facilities program. Grant recipients were awarded funds after submitting applications that were...[ Read More ]

PDA chair advises Whole Washington on gathering support for statewide universal health insurance initiative

| May 9, 2022 | Washington

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Advisory Board Chair Donna Smith advised Whole Washington members of opportunities to gather the support they need to get a universal health insurance initiative on the upcoming general election ballot Saturday.     Whole Washington held a launch event for its 2022 campaign at the...[ Read More ]

Proposed initiative would facilitate psilocybin use in Washington

| May 6, 2022 | Washington

A Seattle therapist recently filed a proposal for an initiative that would authorize and regulate the manufacture, sale, and use of psilocybin in Washington State.     Leo Russell submitted the proposed Initiative Measure No. 1886 to the Washington Secretary of State, which would allow licensed Washingtonians to provide psilocybin...[ Read More ]

Bereaved parents fight to curb fentanyl use in Oregon

| May 5, 2022 | Oregon

An Oregon couple whose son died from fentanyl use is working to curb rising use of the drug and overdose-related deaths connected to it.     Jon and Jennifer Epstein have been speaking at various community meetings to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of fentanyl. Their son, Cal, died...[ Read More ]