RSN - Mental Health
As the County administrator of the local public mental health system, Spokane County Regional Support Network(RSN) conducts its mission and Quality Management Plan under the authority of two governments: Washington State and Spokane County. These mission statements and their principles read as follows:
Spokane Regional Support Network Mission Statement
The mission of the Mental Health Advisory Board is to advise the Spokane County’s Mental Health Division Leadership and the Board of County Commissioners. The Advisory Board will advocate for fiscal responsibility and adequately funded quality resources to meet the mental health priorities of consumers, community, and service providers.
NOTICE OF CHANGE IN PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR for LINCOLN, STEVENS, FERRY, GRANT, OKANOGAN, ADAMS, and PEND OREILLE COUNTIES
Effective October 1, 2012 North Central Washington Regional Support Network (NCWRSN), an agency that administers contracts for public mental health services with Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Grant, Okanogan, Adams, and Pend Oreille Counties, joined with the Spokane County Regional Support Network (SCRSN) to become one multi-county administrator for qualified individuals residing in Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Grant, Okanogan, Adams, and Pend Oreille Counties, as well as Spokane County.
This is an administrative change only; it will not impact the array of local mental health providers or the individuals enrolled in treatment.
SCRSN: 509-477-5722 or 1-800-273-5864
NCWRSN OMBUDS service: 1-800-346-4529 or 509-766-2568
Department of Social and Health Services Mission Statement
The Department of Social and Health Services will improve the safety and health of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership and establishing and participating in partnerships.
These two mission statements drive the work that emerges from the Spokane County RSN. These mission statements also focus attention on the importance of consumer choice and voice; flexible, accessible, individualized services; recognition of and respect for individual and ethnic uniqueness; and focus upon strength-based normalizing activities which promote community integration.
Description and History of the RSN
In 1989, the Washington State Legislature passed SSB5400. This legislation revised the Community Mental Health Act and removed the oversight authority for the provision of outpatient mental health services from the State Department of Social and Health Services and decentralized this oversight responsibility, creating local entities called Regional Support Networks (RSN). Spokane RSN is one such local entity. The Spokane RSN is responsible for the full range of community-based mental health services and community inpatient care for eligible clients (see below for specific population eligibility).
The catchment area for the Spokane RSN includes all of Spokane County, which encompasses 1,758 square miles (2.7% of state land mass). Spokane County’s population totals 465,000(Washington State Department of Financial Management in 2009) persons, of which 71% live in incorporated areas (44% of those persons reside in the City of Spokane) and 29% reside in unincorporated areas of Spokane County. As of 2009, 90% of the populations was identified as Caucasian, 1.76% as African-American, 3.29% as Hispanic (all races), 2.58% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1.50% as Native American.
Under the legislative statutes of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and administrative regulations of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), the Washington State governance and contract authority of the public mental health system within the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and its Mental Health Division (MHD), Spokane County RSN conducts its administration of the mental health system under successive biennial contracts between the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department and Department of Social and Health Services, Health and Recovery Services Administration.
Tribal Relationships and Information
Consumer Guides to Public Mental Health Services
Mental Health Advisory Board
The Mental Health Advisory Board consists of up to 11 members appointed by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. Members are chosen for their demonstrated concern for mental health issues. Members of the Board are representative of the community. We encourage members of minority groups and people in recovery and resilience to participate in our Advisory Board. It is helpful in the review process if applicants identify themselves as people in recovery or as a member of a minority group.
Unless otherwise scheduled, the Advisory Board meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Building, at 312 West 8th Avenue, 5th floor conference room. If you are interested in applying for the Mental Health Advisory Board, please print the attached application below, complete and sign the document, and mail it to the Board of County Commissioners, 1116 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane, WA 99260. For additional information, you are encouraged to read the related advisory board attachments below or you may contact Suzie McDaniel at (509) 477-4510 or SMcDaniel@spokanecounty.org.
Thank you for your interest.
Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development
Regional Support Network (RSN) - Mental Health
312 W. 8th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
E-mail Form: Regional Support Network (RSN)
Phone: (509) 477-5722
Toll Free: (800) 273-5864
Fax: (509) 477-6827
Relay Service of Washington: (800) 833-6384
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)