October 10, 2007

WA: strike avoided - my clients' counselors still on the job

That was close! And what a relief for my kid clients, many of whom get help from BHR. From the Olympian:

BHR and SEIU union employees reach tentative agreement

Behavioral Health Resources and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW today reached a tentative agreement on a contract covering BHR’s over 200 community mental health employees in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties...

Previously, from What This Town Needs:

Bedlam Begins Thursday

Tomorrow morning, the staff of Olympia's only mental health provider, Behavioral Health Resources, are going on strike. They have over 3000 clients, for whom mental health services are a basic need. These clients will be left without their case management, counseling, medication management, and payee services(which means their rent can't get paid). If you're going to have a breakdown any time soon, I'd recommend holding off or relocating to another county...

So with the news, maybe now, Bedlam starts to end.