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BOSTON – Molina Healthcare, Inc. (Molina) and its previously owned subsidiary, Pathways of Massachusetts (Pathways), have agreed to pay $4.625 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims while violating several regulations related to personnel licensing and supervision.

Molina is a managed health care services company that provides health care plans to various state and federal health care programs, including MassHealth, the joint federal and state Medicaid program. Between November 2015 and March 2018, Molina owned and operated Pathways, a group of mental health centers located in Springfield and Worcester. During this period, the government alleges that Molina and Pathways improperly submitted claims for reimbursement to MassHealth and MassHealth-operated care entities while failing to properly authorize and supervise mental health center staff, including social workers and psychological associates, and failing to provide a document in a timely manner. the provision of adequate clinical supervision to clinicians requiring supervision.

The settlement also resolves allegations brought in a lawsuit brought by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which allow private parties, known as relators, to bring a action on behalf of the government and to share any recovery.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; and Phillip M. Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of HHS-OIG, made the announcement today. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Sharobem of Rollins’ Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit and Assistant Attorneys General Ian Marinoff and Matthew Jones of the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. .

EC Healthcare signs inaugural double-tranche facility linked to sustainability, the first of its kind in the healthcare industry in Hong Kong https://www.tiftonison.com/ec-healthcare-signs-inaugural-double-tranche-facility-linked-to-sustainability-the-first-of-its-kind-in-the-healthcare-industry-in-hong-kong/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:08:03 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/ec-healthcare-signs-inaugural-double-tranche-facility-linked-to-sustainability-the-first-of-its-kind-in-the-healthcare-industry-in-hong-kong/

HONG KONG, June 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – – EC Health (the “Company”, which together with its subsidiaries is referred to as the “Group”, stock code SEHK: 2138), the largest non-hospital medical group in hong kong*, is pleased to announce the signing of its first sustainability-related facility (“SLL Facility”) totaling HK$700 million with The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (“HSBC”) as sole lender and structuring bank.

The first two-slice SLL facility is the first of its kind for a healthcare provider in hong kong, complementing the Group’s established status as an industry pioneer and reaffirming the importance of sustainability in the Group’s future growth strategy. The SLL facility is comprised of a revolving credit and a term loan, and the proceeds will be used for working capital.

The Group is committed to The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and has developed a number of clear objectives for each of the environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) elements. These include reducing energy consumption, increasing employee engagement and achieving a globally recognized standard of corporate governance.

SGS Hong Kong Limiteda leading sustainability consultancy, acted as ESG consultant on the SLL Facility.

M/s. ada wongExecutive Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Investment Officer of EC Health said: “This first sustainability-related facility is a milestone and represents another bold step in the group’s sustainability journey. As the leading provider of healthcare and medical services in hong kong, this operation reflects the Group’s desire to integrate sustainable development into its core business strategy and to implement best practices in the daily operation of its various brands. We are delighted to align the Group’s funding strategy with a number of hard-hitting ESG objectives, reinforcing our commitment to long-term sustainability. We are excited to set the stage for future sustainable finance transactions in the hong kong health market. »

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EC Health is that of Hong Kong leading provider of non-hospital medical services*, relying on its core businesses of preventive and precision medicine, and committed to the development of medical artificial intelligence by integrating its multidisciplinary medical services. This decision, which is based on the Group’s high-end brand image and quality customer services, aims to provide customers with safe and efficient health care and medical services with professionalism. The Group is included in the Hang Seng Composite Index and the MSCI Hong Kong Small Cap Index.

The Group mainly engages in the provision of one-stop medical and healthcare services in Greater China. The Group provides a full range of services and products under its well-known brands, including those of its one-stop provider of aesthetic medical solutions DR REBORN which ranked first in hong kong by sales for years, professional hair care center HAIR FOREST, primary care clinics jointly established with re:HEALTH health management center, Hong Kong Professional Vaccine HKPV vaccine center, general outpatient clinic Tencent Doctorwork, the largest one-stop pain management center in Hong Kong and New York Medical Groupcomprehensive dental centers Bayley & Jackson Dental Surgeons, EC DENTAL CARE and Health and Dental Clinic CareHKAI advanced diagnostic and imaging center, reVIVE oncology treatment center, HKMED day procedure center, PREMIER MEDICAL CENTER, SPECIALISTS CENTRAL and NEW MEDICAL CENTER specialist clinic, PRIME CARE pediatric center, specialist in gynecology ZENITH MEDICAL CENTER AND PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS CENTER, PathLab Medical LaboratoriesVIVID EYE Ophthalmology Center and CE Veterinary Hospital and imaging center.

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Riverside County to Receive $103 Million State Grant for Mental Health and Addiction Services https://www.tiftonison.com/riverside-county-to-receive-103-million-state-grant-for-mental-health-and-addiction-services/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:55:35 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/riverside-county-to-receive-103-million-state-grant-for-mental-health-and-addiction-services/

Riverside County will receive more than $100 million in state grants to help provide services and housing options for people with serious mental health or addiction issues, Governor Newsom’s office announced Monday.

A total of $518.5 million in grants has been awarded to several counties to provide treatment beds for more than 1,000 people at a time, as well as behavioral health services for many more.

It’s part of a $2.2 billion effort to expand housing and mental health services across California, especially for homeless people.

Newsom announced the latest grants at a meeting with families who have loved ones struggling with serious mental illness, many of whom are homeless.

“The crisis on our streets is at breaking point. Too many Californians struggle with mental illness and addiction, and many of them end up on our streets. We need to change the way we provide help to those in need, and these grants are an important step in changing our approach to homelessness and serious mental illness,” Governor Newsom said. “California will no longer look away; we are helping our fellow Californians now. This is the California way.

Riverside County will receive the second highest amount of funding, $103,181,728, second only to Los Angeles County.

  • Alameda County – $18,405,122
  • El Dorado County – $2,852,182
  • Humboldt County – $4,170,560
  • Kern County – $3,138,065
  • Los Angeles County – $155,172,811
  • Madera County – $2,035,512
  • Mendocino County – $7,711,800
  • Monterey County – $3,558,670
  • Nevada County – $4,458,799
  • Orange County – $10,000,000
  • Placer County – $6,519,015
  • Riverside County – $103,181,728
  • Sacramento County – $30,553,889
  • San Diego County – $30,874,411
  • San Francisco County – $6,750,000
  • Santa Barbara County – $2,914,224
  • Santa Clara County – $54,074,660
  • Solano County – $14,332,411
  • Sonoma County – $9,751,915
  • Stanislaus County – $33,369,900
  • Yolo County – $12,500,000

The announced awards will be delivered through the Department of Health Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Round 3: Launch Ready.

A total of $2.2 billion has been provided by the Legislature and Governor to build, acquire, and expand behavioral health facilities and community care options while investing in mobile crisis infrastructure.

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]]> Home Secretary chooses Shinnecock member for first-ever Federal Tribal Advisory Committee https://www.tiftonison.com/home-secretary-chooses-shinnecock-member-for-first-ever-federal-tribal-advisory-committee/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 17:05:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/home-secretary-chooses-shinnecock-member-for-first-ever-federal-tribal-advisory-committee/

Shinnecock Councilwoman Kelly Dennis has been chosen to serve on the US Department of the Interior’s first-ever Tribal Advisory Committee. Dennis, an attorney who provides legal services to tribal citizens and nations, will represent the Eastern Region on the committee.

The committee will be responsible for sharing information and providing recommendations regarding federal programs and funding that impact tribal nations.

“Tribes deserve a place at the decision-making table before policies affect their communities,” said US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “I look forward to continuing the engagement and ensuring the Department honors and strengthens our nation-to-nation relationships with the tribes.”

Dennis said his appointment to the newly created committee is an important development for the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

“We couldn’t get a lot of technical assistance to really move our tribe forward,” Dennis said. “A lot of our goals of self-determination and sovereignty – it’s been tried, but you know without knowing how it works in this federal system, it’s been kind of, sometimes, two steps forward and one step back.”

The committee consists of a senior tribal representative and an alternate member from each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions. Members are appointed for a staggered term of up to two years.

“I was really surprised and just really honored and really taken aback because I had just done so much for the tribe that day, I just didn’t see it coming,” Dennis said.

Baton Rouge to Receive $1 Million in Federal Funding for Mental Health Centers | New https://www.tiftonison.com/baton-rouge-to-receive-1-million-in-federal-funding-for-mental-health-centers-new/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:16:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/baton-rouge-to-receive-1-million-in-federal-funding-for-mental-health-centers-new/

A network of mental and behavioral health centers to be established with the help of $1 million in federal funds will provide clinical services from licensed professionals to vulnerable communities in East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor- President Sharon Weston Broome and Congressman Troy Carter.

The resource centers will be targeted to specific areas using factors such as crime, substance abuse, housing insecurity and violence, according to a press release.

“Mental health care is health care,” Carter, D-New Orleans, wrote in a statement. “We need to take care of our body, mind, and spirit to build a happy, fulfilling life and a strong, safe community.”

Broome, along with representatives from Carter’s office, announced the funding during June 19 celebrations downtown.

The money will fund the Baton Rouge Institute for Growth and Health After Trauma, or BRIGHT, Initiative. The centers will provide mental health care for children and young adults, said James Bernhard, Carter’s deputy chief of staff.

“So many kids in our community have trauma in their lives that everyone needs a little help dealing with,” Bernhard said. “One thing we don’t do very well in this country is meet people with mental health issues where they are before they interact with law enforcement or end up in the emergency room. You shouldn’t have to be in crisis to get mental health treatment.”

The facilities are meant to offer a different type of treatment than patients would receive from the Bridge Center for Hope, which typically treats those in immediate crisis, Bernhard said. BRIGHT centers will instead try to reach people before they need the intensive care offered by the Bridge Center, Bernhard said.

“Increasing access to mental health and trauma resources for families in East Baton Rouge is essential to supporting a safe, hopeful and healthy community,” Broome wrote in a statement. “Congressman Carter is a wonderful partner, helping bring these resources to the neighborhoods that need them most, improving public safety and quality of life.”

Health care workers more vulnerable than ever to violence. NJ wants tougher sentences for offenders. https://www.tiftonison.com/health-care-workers-more-vulnerable-than-ever-to-violence-nj-wants-tougher-sentences-for-offenders/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/health-care-workers-more-vulnerable-than-ever-to-violence-nj-wants-tougher-sentences-for-offenders/

Nurses, doctors and orderlies were routinely hailed as heroes during the height of the pandemic, but these public tributes belie the fact that healthcare workers are more vulnerable to threats of workplace violence than any other profession, according to federal labor data.

People who make threats or commit other acts of violence against health-care workers would risk more jail time under a bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the state Assembly in a 78-0 vote on Thursday. The “Healthcare Heroes Violence Prevention Act” (A3199) is awaiting a vote in the Senate, then will head to Governor Phil Murphy’s office for signing.

“Healthcare workers are five times more likely to be victims of serious assault,” said Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, D-Camden), one of the bill’s main sponsors. , before the vote.

The bill creates the crime of uttering threats against a health professional or volunteer in the performance of their duties. The author who “knowingly and willfully utters a threat…with the intent to intimidate, hinder or interfere with the practice” of a medical professional is guilty of the misdemeanor of rioting, punishable by six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, depending on the bill.

The offender can also be sentenced to an anger management course and up to 30 days of community service instead of jail, according to the bill.

Healthcare facilities would be required to post a notice stating: “It is a crime to assault a healthcare professional, any volunteer working for a healthcare professional or working in a healthcare facility, or any employee of a healthcare professional or a healthcare facility, while the healthcare professional, volunteer or employee is carrying out their official duties. Anyone who assaults a healthcare professional, volunteer or employee in violation of this prohibition will be subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.

The legislation also gives offenders the discretion to impose a longer sentence on someone who assaults or harasses medical professionals, the bill says. Judges already have the discretion to impose harsher sentences when someone assaults or injures police, firefighters and prison officers, the sponsors said.

“We couldn’t have gotten through the past two years without the dedication of our frontline healthcare workers. They are truly heroes in this pandemic. Sadly, these frontline healthcare heroes have reported a dramatic increase in acts of violence since 2020,” Greenwald said in a statement after the vote. “This proposal will strengthen protections for these frontline workers by strengthening penalties and awareness of workplace violence.”

Doug Placca, executive director of the health care workers’ union JNESO, said he appreciated the attention lawmakers were giving to the issue of workplace violence. But it’s only a good first step, he says.

“Where is the responsibility of employers to provide a safe environment? In all settings, the responsibility rests with the employer,” Placca said, taking a break from the picket line with striking nurses and technicians at St. Michael Medical Center in Newark.

Healthcare workers accounted for 73% of all non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses due to violence in 2018, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Many advocates believe the incidences of violence are probably much higher than reported, which is alarming,” said Rep. Shavonda Sumter, D-Passaic, also a sponsor of the bill. “Healthcare professionals need to feel safe doing their jobs and feel encouraged to report abuse.”

Debbie White, president of Health Professionals and Allied Employees, a union for healthcare workers, said the bill recognizes the “seriousness that this crisis warrants.” If our hospitals and nursing homes are not safe for workers, they are also safe for our patients. »

White said she hopes the legislation will lead to more discussion about ways to prevent violence in hospitals and other health care settings. “There are ways to minimize risk,” she said.

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Members of DRI’s local planning committee wonder about the final appearance of the facade of the Massena School of Business | Company https://www.tiftonison.com/members-of-dris-local-planning-committee-wonder-about-the-final-appearance-of-the-facade-of-the-massena-school-of-business-company/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 23:16:48 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/members-of-dris-local-planning-committee-wonder-about-the-final-appearance-of-the-facade-of-the-massena-school-of-business-company/

MASSENA – Members of the local planning committee of the Massena Town Center Revitalization Initiative asked questions this week about plans for the former Massena School of Business, which is one of the proposed projects that will be submitted with state approval.

“This project is the transformation of the former trade school property into a transitional courtyard space with a raised mezzanine, as it connects this key downtown corridor to the proposed river walk project. It would also connect people traveling along the parkway with some of the investment that’s happening in your town center and some of these new development projects,” said Sarah Starke Hess of MJ Engineering and Land Surveying PC, the team at Massena’s DRI program consultants.

She said the current concept is to preserve the facade at the front of the building and create an open courtyard space with benches, trees and other amenities as a gateway to a river promenade which is also part of the proposed projects. .

The project sponsor is the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. The total cost of the project is $1.9 million, and since it is classified as a “public improvement”, the project proponents submitted a DRI request for $1.9 million.

Mayor Gregory M. Paquin, co-chair of the local planning committee, said he wanted to get a better idea of ​​what the preserved facade would look like.

“I’m struggling to have a vision in my head of what the front will look like,” he said.

Jaclyn S. Hakes, also of MJ Engineering and Land Surveying PC, said the goal was to preserve the facade “perhaps less some of the plywood in the windows.”

“It’s the idea that the historic facade is meant to be preserved and maintained so that it can retain that full block feel like you’re on Main Street, but open up to that courtyard,” said Mrs Hackes. “The project includes the demolition of everything but the facade so that the facade can be stabilized and then the courtyard will be created following this, allowing this connection from the street to the river in the public car park.

The frontage would be a “transition space” from Main Street to the Riverwalk, said Patrick J. Kelly, co-chair of the local planning committee and CEO of the county’s IDA.

“So the intention is to preserve the facade, whether it’s a larger arch with some sort of larger walk-through area or whether it’s exactly what’s there, just with a door, that remains to be seen,” Mr Kelly said.

Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire, a member of the local planning committee, asked how much of the budget was related to preserving the facade. Ms. Hess said demolishing the rear part of the building and stabilizing the facade cost about $1.2 million.

Richard L. Daddario, a member of the local planning committee, wondered if some type of food service would be available in the yard.

“The intent is to provide utility to adjacent buildings,” Kelly said. “So if there’s a food service or something in one of the buildings on either side, the courtyard can serve that purpose without having a hot dog cart or some other type of food option. I think it will largely depend on what surrounds it.

Mr Paquin said there was a possibility that space could be opened up from the former JJ Newberry Building, another project under consideration, and that this could open up the possibility of storefronts in the courtyard , “one that could very well be an option food.”

The local planning committee is scheduled to meet again at 3 p.m. Tuesday, when members will be asked to approve the final list of proposed projects that will be sent to the state for approval.

The meeting will be held at the town hall of Masséna and is open to the public. It will also include an opportunity for public comments at the end of the meeting. The meeting will be available on Zoom. Registration is required to participate in the virtual option. Visit the Massena DRI website at www.MassenaDRI.com for more information and to register for the Zoom meeting.

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Social Media and Mental Health – Butler County Times-Gazette https://www.tiftonison.com/social-media-and-mental-health-butler-county-times-gazette/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 02:30:41 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/social-media-and-mental-health-butler-county-times-gazette/

Using social media activates the brain’s reward center, McLean Hospital said. In response to social media use, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical linked to pleasurable activities such as sex, food, and social interaction. According to the Pew Research Center, 69% of adults and 81% of teenagers in the United States use social media.

“Think of the slot machine: if players knew they would never get money playing the game, they would never play. The idea of ​​a potential future reward keeps the machines going,” said psychologist Jacqueline Sperling “The same goes for social media sites. It’s unclear how many likes a photo will get, who will like the photo, and when the photo will get likes. The outcome unknown and the possibility of a desired result can keep users engaged with the sites.

Fear of missing something also comes into play. When everyone uses social media, not using it leads to fear of missing out on jokes, interactions, and experiences. It creates anxiety and depression and can even affect your physical health.

A 2018 UK study linked social media use to decreased, disrupted and delayed sleep.

Penn Medicine says to be on the lookout for these warning signs of unhealthy behavior on social media:

• Feeling increased anxiety, depression or loneliness.

• Spending more time on social networks than with friends and family.

• Comparing themselves to others or frequently feeling jealous.

• Being trolled or cyberbullied online.

• Engage in risky behavior or scandalous photos to gain likes and comments.

• You notice that your school and work relationships are suffering.

• De-prioritize self-care.

If social media is becoming a problem in your life, try putting it aside. Distract yourself by scheduling a meeting (face-to-face!), getting out and exercising, finding a place to volunteer, or stepping away from the screen. Be open to talking to your healthcare provider about your feelings. They can screen you for depression and anxiety and recommend a treatment that’s right for you.

Senator McGuire Endorses CARE Court’s Mental Health Framework, While Acknowledging Tough Elevator for Del Norte County | Wild Rivers Outpost https://www.tiftonison.com/senator-mcguire-endorses-care-courts-mental-health-framework-while-acknowledging-tough-elevator-for-del-norte-county-wild-rivers-outpost/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:49:10 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/senator-mcguire-endorses-care-courts-mental-health-framework-while-acknowledging-tough-elevator-for-del-norte-county-wild-rivers-outpost/

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Senator McGuire endorses CARE Court’s mental health framework, while acknowledging tough lift for Del Norte County

On Friday, State Senator Mike McGuire visited residents of Del Norte County and elected officials in Crescent City. | Photo: Jessica C. Andrews


• Del Norte supervisors: State’s proposed CARE court mental health framework is onerous for rural communities


The Del Norte County state senator announced a plan to establish a crisis residential facility in the community and promised to help Del Norte successfully launch CARE Court, a project of county supervisors of the system of Mental Health said Tuesday would be onerous for rural California.

State Senator Mike McGuire acknowledged that implementing the framework outlined in California Senate Bill 1338 – the Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act – would be difficult for Del Norte and other counties. rural. But, he said, the details are being discussed “even as we speak”.

“The California State Counties Association has submitted a letter to the Governor’s Office and the Budget Committee expressing their concerns,” McGuire told the Wild Rivers Outpost. “What is their #1 concern is continued funding. So, at this time we will place a column with a three-year warranty. The other issue is housing—where are we going to house people who might come out of 12 to 24 months? All of this is under discussion even as we speak.

At a town hall meeting Friday at the Municipal Crescent City Fire and Rescue Station, McGuire discussed transportation, STAA Project 199/197, Last Chance Grade, health care and wildfires. But it’s its focus on homelessness and mental health that has elicited the most questions and comments from the public, including Lisa Freitas, association director at the Del Norte Association of Realtors.

Freitas told the state senator that her son is currently in acute psychiatric care and it has been difficult to place him in guardianship. She asked McGuire how soon a CARE Court-like framework could be implemented.

“He needs to be able to be placed in a long-term care facility for at least six to 12 months for his life trajectory to change,” she said. “This kid’s graduated from high school and he’s got a future and I’m sick of having to keep him out of jail, and it looks like the only thing that’s going to happen is he’s going to literally have to being arrested so he can get the kind of sanity he needs.

McGuire referenced the dismantling of state hospitals in the 1980s, pointing out that there was a massive decrease in housing funding at the state and federal levels despite massive economic growth in California. The Golden State is about 2 million units short for “where we need to be,” he said.

McGuire said the state has allocated a total of $14 billion for 55,000 permanent supportive housing units with mental health and addictions supports. Counties requesting those dollars will receive a minimum of three years of funding, he said, and can provide emergency housing for those living in volatile environments.

However, noting that guardianship laws in California have been lax, McGuire said there will be between 15,000 and 30,000 people who will not accept these services. This, he said, is why CARE Court is needed.

“My family is like millions of others who have a sibling or aunt and uncle who are struggling with this,” he said. “And there are some who may need extra help to be able to overcome the hurdle of being able to help themselves.”

Under the CARE Court, judges would be able to compel people with serious mental illness and addictions into treatment while providing them with supportive housing and wrap-around services.

Program participants could be those who are involuntarily hospitalized under a 5150 load; be referred to CARE court through the criminal justice system or be referred on the recommendation of family members, mental health providers or first responders. In addition to a clinical team, participants would be offered the services of a public defender and a lawyer who could help them make medical decisions.

Participation in CARE Court would be limited to at least one year with the possibility of an additional one-year extension, according to a CalMatters article. All California counties would be required to participate in the program and could face penalties of up to $1,000 per day if they are unable to provide these services.

In a letter to the authors of the bill, state senators Tom Umberg and Susan Talamantes Eggman on Tuesday, county supervisors said Del Norte County lacks the capacity to implement much of which is described under CARE Court. Citing CSAC and representatives from rural California counties, Del Norte supervisors urged state lawmakers to allow CARE Court to be an opt-in pilot.

On Friday, McGuire said he envisions CARE Court being phased in over the next 24 to 36 months, but added it would likely take five years to roll out statewide. He expects CARE’s court to be challenged legally, but said there is legal precedent for conservatories in the state.

“That’s why we’re basically in the justice system and not in law enforcement or county mental health,” McGuire said.

McGuire speculated that the CARE Court framework, including wraparound services and housing, would be implemented by a nonprofit provider or by a county-level health and human services department.

As for a crisis residential center, the development of such a facility in Del Norte County is in its infancy, according to McGuire. However, in Humboldt County, development of a 10-12 bed facility is already underway and the Department of Public Health has launched a bidding process and selected a non-profit facility that is reimbursed by MediCal and MediCaid.

McGuire said he also helped secure $2.2 million for the county to purchase a facility that the nonprofit could then upgrade or for the nonprofit to purchase a facility .

“It would be a locked facility,” he said. “It would be a wait of 30, potentially 60 days and during those 30-60 days, (they would) be stabilized, put them on a CARE plan and connect them to a nonprofit or a health department public depending on how the county runs their system and places them in housing.

McGuire said he hopes to secure funding to start a similar facility in Del Norte County.

“There are facilities in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim,” he said. “There’s one in San Diego. We would have the first two in rural California, Humboldt as well as Del Norte County.

McGuire also spoke about the STAA 197/199 project, which is fully funded and aims to widen three curves on US 199 and replace a 96-year-old bridge. The project also includes widening two curves on State Route 197 near Ruby Van Deventer County Park.
Caltrans’ goal is to make the project safer for trucks that meet the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) standard. However, he has been tied to litigation for about six years.

“I’m a big believer that we need to bring this highway up to federal guidelines and we need to move forward on the highway project,” McGuire said. “But this spill that we saw with the asphalt chemicals that poured into the Smith River, it’s an alarm and the alarm couldn’t be louder. I believe we can move forward with the expansion of 199 in an environmentally friendly way, but we have to move forward. »

McGuire also told Del Norte County residents to stay tuned for a July 12 community meeting focused on the last chance.

Assemblyman Jim Wood and Congressman Jared Huffman will be in town and the meeting will provide a full update on the two proposed scenarios for a bypass around the landslide 10 miles south of Crescent City.


As more wildfires rage, concerns grow for mental health of survivors – The Hill https://www.tiftonison.com/as-more-wildfires-rage-concerns-grow-for-mental-health-of-survivors-the-hill/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:17:46 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/as-more-wildfires-rage-concerns-grow-for-mental-health-of-survivors-the-hill/

The story at a glance

  • Wildfires are among the most devastating natural disasters, in part because of their tendency to recur in specific geographic areas.

  • Compounded by climate change, wildfires have become more frequent in recent decades, wreaking havoc on vulnerable rural communities and first responders.

  • But improving access to mental health care and promoting resilience among survivors can help combat some of the trauma inflicted by these events.

Natural disasters are traumatic experiences. Whole communities are uprooted, can be displaced or even destroyed.

When it comes to wildfires, mental health care providers face a unique and exacerbated set of challenges. Forest fires become more frequent, spreading further and burning longer thanks to climate change, fueling a seasonal natural disaster that strikes rural and urban areas alike.

“The problem with fires, especially in the Southwest, is that it’s often a recurring episode,” said Gagandeep Singh, a trained psychiatrist and chief medical officer for Mercy Care in Arizona, at Changing America.

Mercy Care is a nonprofit healthcare plan that serves residents on Medicaid and several special needs populations. Singh says the seasonal nature of wildfires — that they can recur and often in the same location — can take a toll on the mental health of survivors.

“We are going to start our third or fourth major fire in [Arizona]”, Singh said. “And that often leads to a lot of re-exposures. You’ve been through something really difficult and life-threatening, and now you’re being re-exposed to it, which can really amplify that anxiety and worry.

Psychological trauma following large-scale calamities is relatively common, and some survivors even move to avoid future disasters. Reexposure to major fires can also amplify symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as feelings of worry, recurring thoughts and nightmares, Singh said.

During the 2000s, wildfires quadrupled and tripled in frequency compared to those of the previous two decades. For the natural disaster capable of scorching millions of acres and smoldering for weeks, its seasons have lengthened by months since the 1970s.

In Arizona, two fires currently burning north of Flagstaff have forced 2,500 home evacuations this weekand Coconino County, where Mercy Care operates, declared states of emergency. The larger of the two fires has already burned over 38 square miles and a little over a quarter is content.

Increased severity and frequency of wildfires add to a mental health care system already tense in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilience and vulnerable populations

A study published in March measured people’s resilience to a wildfire that tore through Canada five years ago, one of the worst in the country’s history. write in Behavioral sciencesthe authors found that those who lived through the Fort McMurray fire exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that this factor, along with age, were strong predictors of low resilience.

“Our study suggests that the only modifiable risk factor for low resilience five years after wildfires is the likely presence of PTSD. Thus, expanding the scope of treatment interventions for people with PTSD and other stress-related conditions will potentially improve the resilience of victims following wildfire disasters,” they said.

Other studies have shown an increase in suicide rates in the months and years following a natural disaster.

A more recent investigation assessment of cumulative trauma among residents of Fort McMurray concluded that mitigating climate change-related natural disasters could help improve the mental health burden experienced by vulnerable populations, while researchers highlighted the importance to deploy mental health resources to support these communities.

Arizona is home to a large Native American population, a group that has traditionally suffered from rising rates of poverty and chronic disease due to systemic underinvestment, putting them at higher risk of poor health outcomes from wildfires.

In the northern part of Arizona, “where we’ve seen more wildfires, there’s been significant disruption with the Native American communities there,” Singh said, noting that the disasters create an “additional burden ” for the population.

Studies examining the effects of climate change on the health of Native Americans are relatively rare. However, a survey published in 2021 found that Alaska Natives were more likely than non-Natives to visit the emergency department after exposure to wildfire smoke.

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While first responders may be more accustomed to life-threatening situations than the general public, their mental health is also a priority for Singh, as well as those who may have underlying mental health issues or related disorders. to substance use.

A 2019 survey revealed those fighting wildfires reported persistent depression and anxiety, while almost 40% knew a colleague who had committed suicide.

“I would bet that half of our employees have suicidal ideation right now, and half of them have a plan to do it,” California Fire Captain Mike Orton said recently. told the nonprofit Calmatters Newsroom.

In Arizona, more than 2 million residents are covered by the Medicaid programwhich has been associated with a deceleration in suicide rates.

“The only good news is in Arizona, the Medicaid system is quite robust,” Singh said, adding that there are significant resources available to support access to mental health care for citizens.

But regardless of the status of insurance coverage, wildfire survivors also face destroyed or damaged infrastructure that can hamper community outreach. Limited social support can also make mental health problems worse. To combat this isolation, Mercy Care is proactively tracking wildfires in the state and reaching out to local members to ensure access to resources.

As forecasters predict another scorching U.S. wildfire season and nationwide temperatures continue to climb, engagement with communities at risk from wildfires remains critical to mitigation efforts .

“I just want to make sure those affected are still taking care of themselves,” Singh said. “Ensuring that, especially in this era of the 24/7 news cycle, people are not just constantly watching news about a disaster and then re-traumatizing themselves. ”

Connecting emotionally with others and establishing an exercise routine and healthy eating can all serve as protective measures in times of crisis.

For those who may be in distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration direct line is available at 1-800-985-5990.

Posted on June 17, 2022