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We are the Pierce County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

We are your neighbors.  Our whole purpose is to support individuals and families whose lives have been touched by the challenges of mental illness.  Why? Because we have been touched by these challenging conditions ourselves. 

We have walked - and are walking - in your shoes every day as individuals living with a mental illness or their family members.

And things work better if we can take this journey together and support each other along the way.

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Jordan Binion Project Educates Local High Schoolers About Mental Illness

The Jordan Binion Project is a non-profit organization set up exclusively for the purpose of educating high school students about mental illness.  The Jordan Binion Project was founded by Willie and Deborah Binion in 2013. 

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CNN Aires Emotionally Powerful Story About One Family's Dealing with Bipolar Disorder

CNN has followed one Texas family as it struggles with their now 14 year old sons bipolar disorder.  CNN's latest December 16, 2013 story is entitled "Hope in the midst of pain: Readers respond to mental illness struggle" and can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/health/mentally-ill-son-response/index.html?iref=allsearch.  This is a multifaceted story which is well presented.  It should be Must See TV for helping people understand mental illness and its im

The Grave Concerns Association Restoring Western State Hospital Patients' Cemetery

the years more than 3,000 former Western State Hospital patients were buried on the Hospital grounds in graves marked only by a number.  Today the old Western State Hospital Cemetery is located within Fort Steilacoom Park.

The Grave Concerns Association grew from John Lucas’s desire to rededicate the prairie cemetery.  The Grave Concerns Association is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of this historic cemetery.  The goal is to recognize each patient by replacing their numbered stone with a gravestone bearing their name.

Governor Inslee Calls for Big Changes in Washington's RSN System

Governor Inslee has laid out plans to make major changes to the State's Regional Service Network (RSN) system in response to the Federal government's that current RSN contracting laws and processes don't meet Federal guidelines.  Pierce County's Optum RSN is the only RSN meeting the Fed's competitive bidding requirement.

He also laid out plans to integrate mental health services with drug and alcohol treatment programs.

He is asking the State Legislature to take action on these issues during the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

Seattle Times Editorial to State Legislature - Find Money to End Boarding

The Seattle Times is keeping its focus on elmininating the practice of boarding.  It has followed up on its October articles and editorial with another December 15, 2013 editorial.  This latest editorial calls for the state legislature to take action after Pierce County Superior Count Judge Kathryn Nelson again stayed her judgement that boarding violates state and federal law.

Tacoma Pierce County League of Women Voters Looks at Pierce County Mental Health Services

Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters (LWV) four units listened to invited speakers talk about Pierce County's mental health services at their November 2013 meetings.  The LWV created a combined report from these four meetings.  You can read their report by clicking on the attached link. The report:

Western State Hospital's NGRI Patents Seeking Restoration of Their Rights

Disability Rights Washington has created "The Megaphone Effect: Reclaiming Recovery" video highlighting the need to restore rights to some Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity patients in Washington's two state hospitals.

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