Eighteen-year-old Kurtis Hildreth likely had no idea how dangerous and deadly Spice was, but in 2013 he smoked a fatal dose of the synthetic cannabinoid. His family has since spoken out publicly, raising awareness of the legal drug, marked “not for human consumption.” READ MORE
Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among Washington State youth ages 15-24? This is a PSA created by the Youth N Action team along with Passages to spread awareness on suicide prevention. Please use and share!
Do you have a child that has been exposed to a traumatic event at school? This is a wonderful resource that can offer help and support.
Responding to a School Crisis
To achieve these goals, each member of the school community must work both individually and as a member of a team to take the steps needed to restore balance to the school environment. Positive working relationships among school staff not only achieve the goal of recovery from a school crisis, but the staff’s actions provide positive role models for students and life-long lessons about how to conduct oneself during times of adversity.
For information on funding for school-crisis recovery, please visit the U.S. Department of Education SERV Funding for Crisis Recovery.
New app provides access to state child support info on the go
August launch coincides with Child Support Awareness Month
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s Division of Child Support is celebrating the launch of a new app for Android phones this August. The launch coincides with Child Support Awareness Month and reflects how child support programs are addressing the changing needs of families.
“We are focused on finding new ways to help parents overcome barriers to supporting their children financially and emotionally,” said Wally McClure, director of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Division of Child Support. “Studies tell us that improving and stabilizing family incomes contributes to brighter futures for children, families and communities.”
Developed by the Division of Child Support, the WA State Child Support app can be found in the Google Play Store. An Apple version will soon follow. The app helps people find local child support offices, access easy ways to make a support payment and even includes a calculator that will make a rough estimate of a child support obligation.
Apps for mobile devices are part of the Division of Child Support’s continued effort to serve families in Washington, which has been on the leading edge of child support programs since as early as 1961. In 2014, the division’s work touched one in six children in Washington resulting in the collection of more than $684 million. Ninety-two percent of the money collected by the division went directly to families. The remaining 8 percent offsets public assistance costs.
The division is committed to doing more than collection, through programs such as Alternative Solutions and the Employment Pipeline that help parents get back on track financially. It also participates in innovative grant programs that move families to long-term financial stability in partnership with DSHS’s Community Services Division.
Washington’s approach and the positive effect of efficient child support collection are part of the reason Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation declaring August 2015 as Child Support Awareness Month. August was first designated as Child Support Awareness Month in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, and 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of a federal child support program.
A recent DSHS news release has offered some data from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey about depression and suicide. An increasing number of Washington teens say they feel sad or hopeless, have thoughts of suicide, and have attempted suicide, according to the state Healthy Youth Survey. It’s being distributed to news agencies statewide today and is available here: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/…/student-depression-suicide-attemp….
A fact sheet with additional information about suicide prevention is available here: http://www.askhys.net/Home/Press.
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
To watch the video click here: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them