RSN - Mental Health
312 West 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
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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 Spokane County Regional Support Network (SCRSN) is to assure that the range of SCRSN care resources and services are person-driven, build on strengths and opportunities, and are available and accessible to individuals and their families seeking to recover from mental illness so they may live safer, healthier, and more independent lives.

These resources and services value:

  • Safety and health
  • Belief that achieving wellness is a reality, hope, and possibility
  • The dignity of each individual to determine their own path
  • Cultural diversity and sensitivity
  • Promoting a purposeful, satisfying quality of life in one’s own community
  • Active partnerships with related services that also assist the individual

"2013 Hero Award" Winner

The Spokane County Regional Support Network is pleased to announce that the Washington Community Mental Health Council has selected Danielle Cannon, MSW, for the 2013 Hero Award! Danielle was selected by a state-wide panel of Chief Executive Officers of Community Mental Health Organizations for her “creativity and flexibility, the pursuit of best practices, embracing cross-system collaboration, facilitating the voices of individuals in treatment, and managing for quality outcomes.”

Danielle joined the RSN three years ago as our first clinical staff member and is a Children’s Care Coordinator.

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.

Contact information:
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).

Spokane RSN is a multi-county RSN that serves both urban and rural communities. The catchment area for Spokane RSN includes: Spokane County, Adams County, Ferry County, Grant County, Lincoln County, Okanogan County, Pend Oreille County, and Stevens County. These eight (8) counties represent a combined total population of 696,456 people residing across 20,033 square miles (2013 Washington State Department of Financial Managment). Of thirty-nine (39) counties in Washington State, Spokane RSN serves both the fourth largest (Spokane) and the fourth smallest (Ferry).

2010 SPOKANE RSN ETHNICITIES BY COUNTY

County
Caucasian
African American
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Hispanic*
(All Races)
Adams
62%
1%
2%
1%
59%
Ferry
76%
0%
17%
1%
3%
Grant
73%
1%
1%
1%
38%
Lincoln
95%
0%
2%
0%
2%
Okanogan
74%
0%
11%
1%
18%
Pend Oreille
92%
0%
4%
1%
3%
Spokane
89%
2%
2%
3%
5%
Stevens
89%
0%
6%
1%
3%

* The Hispanic population represents all races and is a duplicated statistic

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 the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), 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 DBHR.

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.


Location

Mailing Address
Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development
Regional Support Network (RSN) - Mental Health
312 W. 8th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204

Contact Us

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
Telephonic Interpretation: (800) 273-5864

Hours

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)

 

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