A Letter From The CEO

 

When I began working at CLR in 1999 as an hourly therapist, I had no clue that 19 years, 9 positions and 10 office moves later, my fellow CLR staff and those individuals I have been fortunate enough to “help” would influence every part of who I am and would have shared with me more compassion and inspiration than I could ever hope to return.

Working at CLR has spoiled me. Every day, I'm honored to work with people from a tapestry of backgrounds, ages, disciplines, ethnicities and world views, all united for one purpose.  As a leader, I am blessed with incredibly talented staff and innovative, effective programs that are valuable assets for our community.  Our Board encourages CLR to strive for equity, partnership and inclusion in all aspects of our behavioral health services.

If you have had your own experiences or have witnessed the struggles of a friend, co-worker or family member, you likely know that recovery doesn't happen in isolation. If we're going to create a healthier community it will take all of us. If you aren’t convinced, consider this:

  • Between 30% - 40 % of those living in the U.S. experience a mental health and/or substance use disorder at some point in their lives.
  • Individuals with serious mental illness have, on, average, a life expectancy 25 years shorter than the general population.
  • 37% of students with a mental health condition drop out of school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for adolescents in Washington State.
— DSHS, Children's Administration
  • 1 in 10 WA high school students report having attempted suicide in the past year.  LGBTQ youth are more than 2 times as likely to attempt suicide as their peers.
  • Behavioral health issues cost employers $80 - $100 billion annually. More days of work loss or impairment are caused by mental illness than by other chronic conditions, including arthritis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. 

But here is the great news. More than ever before, breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain, development of effective treatments and use of whole health interventions are helping people live a full, rewarding life. The majority (up to 80%) of individuals with mental disorders will improve with appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing monitoring.

When children receive cognitive behavioral treatment after suffering trauma there is a calculated benefit of over $2,000 for every $1 spent on treatment.  A similar return on investment exists for depression, $500 for every $1 spent on cognitive behavioral therapy. Every $1 investment in addiction treatment programs yields $4-$7 return in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft.

We are excited to share stories, ideas, knowledge through our website in hopes of inspiring others as we are inspired by our work everyday! We know that Pierce County will be made richer when recovering people are sharing their unique gifts and talents in mutually beneficial ways.

 
 
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Kim Zacher                                                                                                                                                                                                  CEO, Comprehensive Life Resources