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As a mental health case manager, my job is to provide comprehensive support to those living with a mental illness diagnosis — and provide relief for families and caretakers.
I act as an advocate and ally, available 24-hours a day on an as-needed basis to handle crisis situations, resolve day-to-day issues, and help coordinate the services and necessities that help with everyday living.
36 years spent working for Washington State’s Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS).
Named Outstanding Employee of the Year (1998) for work as a DSHS/DCFS Group Care Social Worker.
Hundreds of hours of training, including mental health issues, family dynamics and dysfunction, substance abuse, cultural awareness, sexual abuse, and caseload management.
Dedicated volunteer, including time donated to Children's Hospital, Cancer Resources at Valley General Hospital, and Lambert House for Gay/Lesbian Youth, as well as many labor, environmental, human rights, and political campaigns.
Mark's calm and level approach in dealing with complex personal situations with our son has been a great help in dealing with his mental condition...
Bret & Lori J. Kirkland, WA
My son views Mark as a friend and mentor who is always willing to listen to him, and my husband and I view Mark as support for the entire family...
Renee B. Seattle, WA
Mark has been a strong, compassionate advocate for me and my son. His support stems not from his wage, but from what I’ve come to believe is his essential life’s work: offering a safe hand to those who need one...
Matthew E. Seattle, WA
Mark’s case management skills, compassion for and professional friendship with my brother have helped my brother to retain as much independence as possible...