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Members of the Seattle 1st Platoon,

Now that we have completed the pathway, we as a platoon are moving on to assist our new partners, The Ethiopian Community Center. 

As a platoon we assisted the Wounded Warrior Program back in August with installing a new bulletin board and cleaning up around the local businesses. 

The ECS’s mission is to facilitate a seamless integration of all persons of Ethiopian origin with mainstream United States. Additionally, ECS aims to contribute to the social, cultural and civic life of the Puget Sound Area as well as assisting Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans to preserve and share their ancient and rich cultural heritage.

The projects mission is to demo, paint and install a new desk, Indoors! The ECS will also be providing lunch. 

With the help of our Rainier Beach Partners including Rainier Beach: Beautiful Safe Place for Youth and the Rainier Beach Merchants Association, we look forward to seeing you there.

To register...hit the following link...

Seattle 1st Service Platoon
Nicholas Sullivan

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NAMI Pierce County's Family-to-Family

Posted by Shaida Hossein on January 5, 2017 11:55 PM EST
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We hope you will share this excellent mental health education opportunity with families you know or serve!  NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness.  The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.  The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions.  The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members, and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.   Thousands of families describe the Family-to-Family program as life-changing. 
Here are the details:
NAMI Family-to-Family
Begins February 21, runs for 12 consecutive Tuesdays
6:00-8:30 PM
N. Tacoma Police Substation
5140 N. 26 th St, Tacoma
Please contact Tom Clingan to learn about and register for the Family-to-Family program – at or 253-677-6629.  

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The Ethical and Effective Practitioner: Lessons for Private Practice
Friday March 31, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Federal Way, WA
Please join Give an Hour and United Health Foundation for a day of training on how to ethically and effectively operate your private practice. This conference is ideal for mental health providers who would like to open or grow a trauma-informed private practice, and anyone who is overwhelmed by ever-changing digital ethics. This complementary training is limited to mental health providers and graduate students, and includes CEUs*, breakfast, and lunch. A detailed invitation will be sent out in January.
*Give an Hour is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Give an Hour maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
*This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

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New Bill Passed for Homeless Veterans

Posted by Shaida Hossein on January 3, 2017 11:25 AM EST
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A Update from National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Hill Watch: H.R. 6416 and the CR
What Congress’s last week of the year means for homeless veterans
Having finished their planned work two weeks ago, Congress has left town for the year. When they return in January it will be to open the 115th Congress, and with it will come a new blank slate of possibilities for helping homeless veterans. But right before they left town, Congress passed two bills of interest; H.R. 6416 and the continuing resolution (CR).
Very early in the morning on Dec. 10, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 6416, the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016”. This bill contained several provisions related to veteran homelessness, some of the highlights of which included:
  • Permanently authorizing the use of VA homeless programs by veterans with “Other Than Honorable” discharges,
  • Updating VA’s definition of homelessness, to include the McKinney-Vento updates which allow individuals fleeing domestic violence to be considered homeless,
  • Authorizing a higher Per Diem rate to be paid to Transition in Place programs,
  • Creating a program to allow for follow-up case management for veterans who have successfully completed a GPD program,
  • Adding provisions designed to ease the transition for any GPD that wishes shift to units to permanent housing, and
  • Permanently authorizing the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.
NCHV is happy to announce that this bill was signed into law by the President last week. You can read the language of the law here, Title VII contains the homelessness provisions. To see NCHV’s full response to the passage of the bill, click here.
The CR was passed earlier on in the same legislative day as H.R. 6416, and narrowly averted a governmental shutdown that was almost triggered by a procedural fight over miners’ healthcare. The agreement that was reached funds the federal government at the level of the last fiscal year until it expires in April, 2017. The current plan is to have the new Congress and President tackle the funding provisions when they arrive in D.C. beginning in January.
It is important to note that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is not covered by the CR. Legislation governing the funding levels for this fiscal year at VA was passed several months ago (as part of a previous CR), and therefore negates the need for a continuing resolution in the part of the federal government. You can read NCHV’s message on the VA funding by clicking here.

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