Federal judge approves of new Seattle Police Department Crisis Intervention Policy

Federal judge approves of new SPD Crisis Intervention Policy February 12, 2014 Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James L Robart approved a newly developed Crisis Intervention Policy for the Seattle Police Department that is designed to better prepare officers in dealing with mentally ill or drug affected people. The policy becomes official on March 3, 2014Continue reading “Federal judge approves of new Seattle Police Department Crisis Intervention Policy”

Free DV advocacy training for volunteers (South King County)

DAWN is offering free advocacy training to individuals willing to commit to one year of volunteer service. Topics Covered: DV in Context, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Basics, Advocacy Based Counseling, DV Movement Timeline, Safety Planning, Protective Orders, Criminal Law, Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, Trauma, Economic Justice, Abuse in Later Life, Family Law, Immigration, Religion,Continue reading “Free DV advocacy training for volunteers (South King County)”

Man Arrested After Disturbance at Seattle University

(from Capitol Hill Blog) Officers arrest a man for trespassing after he caused a disturbance during a class at Seattle University today. At approximately 1:19 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance involving a suspicious man who had entered a Seattle University classroom (while class was in session) and proceeded to disruptContinue reading “Man Arrested After Disturbance at Seattle University”

Chinatown ID crisis center an alternative to jail or ER

Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, shows off 16 cubicle-style beds during a tour of Seattle’s new Crisis Diversion Center, which will open to clients Monday. On Monday(August 6), a 16-bed facility designed for adults experiencing a mental-health crisis, including those accused of minor crimes, will open near Seattle’s Chinatown InternationalContinue reading “Chinatown ID crisis center an alternative to jail or ER”

Mental-health advocate is also a symbol of recovery

For most of her life, Keris Myrick has struggled with mental illness. Now board president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, she’s pushing for better access to care. For much of her life, Keris Myrick has tried to silence the voices that filled her head with suicidal thoughts and repeatedly sent her to aContinue reading “Mental-health advocate is also a symbol of recovery”