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The UW Medicine Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions is funding 12 new partnerships that will develop and test innovative ways to extend the impact of mental health professionals in Washington.

The focus on partnerships was driven by a shortage of mental health care specialists in Washington. More than half of Washington’s 39 counties lack a single practicing psychiatrist or psychologist leaving many people with untreated mental health conditions.

Funded topics range from partnering with family members to pilot a Family Bridger Program for early psychosis inpatient settings to partnering with the Quinault Nation to develop an intervention for American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents and young adults at risk for substance use and mental illness.

Funded innovations

About the funding

Local philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey founded the Garvey Institute in 2019 with a $50 million donation to UW Medicine with a goal to fast-track treatments for patients with mental health, addiction and other brain health problems. The new Innovation Grants join 36 projects previously funded by the Garvey Institute to address cognitive aging, trauma, addictions and adolescent and young adult mental health and to develop new technologies aimed at improving brain health.