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2019 Patient Rights at Washington State Hospitals

DRW's Treatment Facilities program has updated its publication, "Patient Rights at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital." This booklet provides information about the rights of both civil patients and forensic patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals run by the State of Washington: Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.

Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive

Writing Your Mental Health Advance Directive is a downloadable booklet with practical, easy to read information and resources.

External Links

Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights

This Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) publication addresses the rights of workers with depression, PTSD, and other mental health disabilities.

Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR Hotline

CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.

Mental Health Services

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers an array of mental health services. This webpage provides a link to a handbook entitled “Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families,” which describes mental health services and how to access them.

Mental Health Services and Information

This Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) webpage provides information for clients, families, and providers about mental health services in Washington State, including how to find mental health services and the types of mental health services that may be available.

Crisis Lines – Mental Health

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (BHA) has compiled a list of state mental health crisis lines, including county-specific crisis and ombuds telephone numbers, and a suicide prevention hotline.

Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)

Washington’s Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) is intended to provide comprehensive behavioral health services and supports to Medicaid eligible youth, up to 21 years of age, with complex behavioral health needs to help keep them safe in their own homes and communities.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides a variety of medical and mental health, insurance, and crisis services. DSHS also runs the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need.

Mental Health Stigma Explained

How do people around you talk about mental health? Do they use words like nutcase, maniac, or psycho? Do your friends, family, or coworkers treat you differently when they learn you have a mental health disability? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. All these negative messages create powerful stigmas against the 20% of Americans who live with mental health disabilities.