'60 Minutes': When insurers deny mental-health benefits

60 Minutes, "Denied."

In some chronic cases, denial of health-care benefits means a patient is discharged from a hospital over the objection of psychiatrists. This recent 60 Minutes story explored some tragic examples.

Still raising money after the big NAMI Walk

We are not finished raising money for the 2014 NAMI Walk of Washington. I am happy to report that our thermometer this morning shows $209,995. Since Walk Day May 17, we have collected more than $30,000!


NAMI Day report and legislative update

Washington Capitol in Olympia.

On Jan. 20, 2014, NAMI Day was held in Olympia with a good presence on the Hill: 89 participants representing 14 affiliates. Our lobbyist, Seth Dawson, and our public policy chair, Sandi Ando, presented information. In addition, NAMI Washington President Gordon Bopp gave an overview of the six work groups and the steering committee working on transforming the adult behavioral health care system.

NIMH update: FDA approves generic versions of Cymbalta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat depression and other conditions. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Sun Pharma Global FZE, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have received FDA approval to market duloxetine in various strengths.

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NIMH outreach partnership program update

Dozens of reports, blog posts, webinars, videos and news about mental health issues, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison.


'Cuckoo's Nest' actor, a NW psychiatrist in real life, dies at 96

Dr. Dean Brooks.

He played the skeptical Dr. Spivey in the seminal 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," but in real life he was Dr. Dean Brooks, the superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital where the movie was filmed. He also was a longtime Everett, Wash., resident, serving on the boards of Western State Hospital in Steilacoom and, in Everett, on the board of Compass Health.

1,000 walk for NAMI in Kirkland

NAMI Washington’s annual walk was successful at raising awareness about mental illness and raising funds for local NAMI affiliates. More than 1,000 people walked on May 18 and participated in the rally and information fair at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Despite the blustery and cloudy day the crowd assembled and walked with signs, T-shirts and banners before being greeted by the Mariner Moose and listening to music by Down North. Radio personality and columnist Patti Payne emceed as prizes were awarded for best team T-shirt, best slogan and the winner of the Mental Health Quiz.


Cheryl Strange joins NAMI Washington board

NAMI Washington is pleased to announce that Cheryl Strange was elected to fill the position vacated by John Turner on the Board of Directors. She brings extensive experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems. 

Strange is vice president of the Behavioral Health and Reentry Division at Pioneer Human Services of Tacoma. She previously served with the state Department of Corrections, in the Health Services Division, and with the state Department of Social and Health Services, in both the Mental Health Division and the Division of Development Disabilities.

Navos honors NAMI volunteer Trez Buckland

NAMI Washington board member Dr. Helen Teresa “Trez” Buckland was honored with the 2013 Expanding Horizons Award at the annual Navos “Bigger than Breakfast” event.

National organization recharters NAMI Washington

The NAMI National Board voted to approve NAMI Washington for rechartering at the May meeting.

To be rechartered, NAMI WA was required to submit documentation of compliance with the Standards of Excellence developed at the national level. The rechartering of the state organization was a precursor to affiliate rechartering.


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