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Ponca Health Services-Lincoln Grand Opening Monday | Health and fitness

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will celebrate the grand opening of their new health center, Ponca Health Services-Lincoln, Monday at 11 a.m. This state-of-the-art tribal health care facility, located at 1600 Windhoek Drive, provides increased access to health care for all Native Americans, an emphasis on holistic healing approaches and …

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$1 Million Donation Supports Children’s Behavioral Health

DANVILLE PA. – A local woman passionate about programs to improve behavioral health services for children has donated $1 million to Geisinger’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health to help launch innovative programs for young people. Susan McDowell of Selinsgrove has pledged to create a Pediatric Behavioral Health Catalyst Fund …

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Teenager Reginald Roy Yunupingu ‘lost to sight’ days after discharge from mental health facility, NT inquest finds

Days after being released from a mental health facility, then 16-year-old Reginald Roy-Yunupingu became invisible to the systems designed to support him, the NT Coroners Court heard. Key points: Reginald Roy-Yunupingu died in October 2020 after being electrocuted The coroner said the teenager was ‘lost to care’ days after being …

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Bill would expand mental health care services – CBS Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday unveiled a bill he says would help expand access to primary care and mental health services and help control rising health care and health care costs. prescription drugs. The Republican detailed the legislation during a stop at a health care center in …

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Governor signs bill to improve mental health – Hamilton County Reporter

Governor Eric Holcomb on Thursday signed HEA 1222 into law, which will continue a critical grant program that has expanded access to urgently needed mental health and addictions treatment services across the state. The program is known as the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program. CCBHCs like Aspire Indiana …

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LVHN Hires Nurses and Healthcare Professionals at New Dickson City Hospital

DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A new hospital is nearing completion in the heart of Lackawanna County’s shopping district. But a nationwide nursing shortage is forcing hospital officials to take extra steps to fill all new jobs. Construction is underway at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Dickson City Hospital. The …

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Ukraine’s healthcare system ‘engulfed’ in conflict with Russia, WHO warns – National

Ukraine’s healthcare system is ‘engulfed’ in Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the World Health Organization warns, with 18 verified attacks on healthcare facilities, workers and ambulances so far. The attacks left 10 dead and 16 injured, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Russia continues its relentless bombardment of …

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Pentagon to shut down leaking fuel tank facility in Hawaii

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Defense will permanently shut down the massive Navy fuel tank facility in Hawaii that leaked oil into Pearl Harbor’s tap water, and remove all fuel, it said Monday. the Pentagon. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision is based on …

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VA to Recommend Cutting Services in Hot Springs, Fort Meade and Building New Facility in Rapid City | Local

The majority of veterans services at Fort Meade and Hot Springs may one day move to a new facility in Rapid City. Robert McDivitt, director of the Vision 23 network, and Lisa Curnes, director of the VA Black Hills Medical Center, made the announcement to Fort Meade and Hot Springs …

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Diocese approves sale of Mercy Health long-term care facilities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bishop David J. Bonnar of Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announced on Thursday that it supports the sale of Bon Secours Mercy Health’s long-term care facilities to the for-profit Aventura Health Group. Mercy Health informed the diocese that the sale took place on March 1. In June …

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Army commander wants to normalize mental health care after spate of soldier suicides

Aerial view of Fort. Winright. (US Army photo) The Army confirmed that 11 Alaska-based soldiers died by suicide in 2021. Six of the soldiers were based at Ft. Wainwright, and five were at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The deaths of six other Alaskan soldiers, five of whom were Ft. Wainwright, …

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Menopause start-up extends partnership with NHS and expands digital clinic

A start-up specializing in menopause health has extended its partnership with the NHS to help develop its digital clinic for women’s health. Bia Care was the first of its kind to partner with the NHS last year, and additional funding means it can now extend the availability of its digital …

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Maine Med President: Lack of state investment in mental health is a major driver of ER violence

Imagine coming to work every day and wondering, “Is this the day I will be physically or verbally assaulted? Sadly, that’s become reality for the healthcare heroes who work in our state’s emergency departments, like the one at Maine Medical Center. Lucy Dawson, a member of the Maine State Nurses …

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In a high-definition video module, a counselor named Donna walks down a street while describing methods of approaching patients who are experiencing mental health issues. “[It] is a very sensitive issue, so it’s natural to feel a little uncomfortable asking questions about it,” she says. She reminds me that “it …

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Children’s mental health draws attention from state legislature

Children’s mental health draws attention from state legislature February 21, 2022 1:30 a.m. By Azeb Tuji WNPA News Service In the wake of the pandemic, Seattle Children’s Hospital reports that an increasing number of children need outpatient mental health treatment, but there are not enough providers to meet the demand. …

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Youth mental health hub to open this summer

Members of the Alex Panton Foundation at the charity’s symposium on Saturday. The foundation has been instrumental in establishing a mental health center for children and adolescents which is due to open in July. – Photo: Norma Connolly A new mental health center specifically for children and adolescents will be …

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Mental health advocates want feedback on relief spending

Advocates want Mississippians who depend on mental health services to have a say in how the beleaguered Department of Mental Health spends $104.5 million in proposed federal relief funds, and they hope the legislature will achieve it. On February 11, leaders of four advocacy groups sent a letter to Lt. …

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Teen depression: Why is anxiety rising in teens during the COVID pandemic?

A mother finds a drawing of a tombstone among her son’s schoolwork. “Rest in peace,” the caption read. “Maybe I better die.” The boy is 10 years old. Terrorized, she turns to marriage and family therapist Laurie Singer. That a child so young has mental health issues comes as no …

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Home plan would give mental health facilities nearly $200 million for staff – Oregon Capital Chronicle

Oregon lawmakers are proposing nearly $200 million to help treat more Oregonians struggling with mental health issues and addictions. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on outpatient and residential programs for treatment for drug addiction, severe depression and other crippling mental disorders, but during the pandemic they have often had …

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Test & Trace launches buprenorphine treatment pathway to help people with opioid use disorder

NYC Test & Trace Corps launches buprenorphine treatment pathway to help New Yorkers with opioid use disorder Further expands the addiction treatment options offered by the Street Health Outreach + Wellness program for New York street homeless people and people with opioid use disorder. New York, NY The …

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community health centers celebrate one year of immunizing the underserved | national news

Bethsda, Maryland, February 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This week, the community health center’s COVID-19 vaccination program marks an important milestone in protecting underserved populations from a virus that has claimed more than 900,000 lives and infected millions. . From the start, equity has been the North Star of the Biden …

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20 prefectures assume viral infections without testing

Twenty prefectures are giving “deemed positive” diagnoses to potential COVID-19 patients without actually carrying out tests to confirm whether they are infected, the Asahi Shimbun has learned. The Ministry of Health is allowing them to do so because test kits are scarce and health centers could be overwhelmed with people …

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Cardinal Care provides mental health services at CFAUSD

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – The pandemic has impacted many aspects of life, including children’s mental health. The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District is taking steps to make mental health care more accessible to students. Cardinal Care provides students in grades 4-12 with access to mental health care while …

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State to expand behavioral health services | News

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker is taking steps to expand access to behavioral health services as the state grapples with a pandemic-fueled mental health crisis. The Baker administration is diverting $115 million to create a behavioral health hotline that would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, set …

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Mammovan announces shutdowns in northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Women scheduled for mammograms will have the opportunity this week as the Mammovan makes a stopover in northern Nevada. Mammography screenings are primarily for women 40 and older; however, screenings will be offered to people under the age of 40 who have a screening referral from …

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First Behavioral Health Urgent Care Facility in Development for Mecklenburg County

The Smith Family Behavioral Health Urgent Care (BHUC), a one-of-a-kind facility in Mecklenburg County, is under development and slated to open in early 2023 in east Charlotte. The Mecklenburg County government, the Steve Smith Family Foundation, Alliance Health, Daymark Recovery Services and others have partnered to develop the center, a …

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Miami seeks to boost mental health services with new fee

Jayne Brownell recalls a time when University of Miami students who contacted the Student Advising Service could schedule an admissions appointment within one to two business days. Last semester, however, the vice president of student life saw wait times soar to seven to 10 days for a first appointment. “When …

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New $31M VA Clinic Set to Open in Montana with Significantly Expanded Services

The David J. Thatcher VA Clinic in Missoula, Montana is shown in an undated photo. The clinic is named after World War II veteran David J. Thatcher, a longtime Montana resident who participated in the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War II. (Facebook) (Tribune News Service) – David …

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NDP suggests people linked to private healthcare company donated $42,000 to Ontario PCs before securing sole-source contract

Elections Ontario is being asked to investigate a private health care company, whose directors made a series of donations to the Progressive Conservative Party weeks before the company received a sole-source contract to run health clinics. vaccination in the province. The Ontario NDP wrote a letter to Chief Electoral Officer …

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Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Reaches More People, Gathers More Support – State of Reform

The two years Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Demonstration Program– from October 1 – has been operational for about four months and has seen continued success and promise. Jon Villasurdadeputy state administrator for the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services …

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New committee to help improve care for Native American veterans

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough has tasked his agency’s new Tribal and Indian Affairs Advisory Committee with helping the VA take more innovative approaches to serving Native American veterans. The newly created panel, one of 27 VA Advisory Committees, met for the first time on Tuesday to advise the VA …

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Santa Cruz Community Health opens new clinic in the Santa Cruz Mountains – Santa Cruz Sentinel

BEN LOMOND — The bell rang Tuesday in the name of health rather than death. Chimes rang through the redwoods at 9:53 a.m. as Santa Cruz Community Health celebrated the opening of its new San Lorenzo Valley clinic by ringing the bell above Wee Kirk Church in Ben Lomond. The …

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A new mental health facility will open downtown this summer

Job January 23, 2022 in Featured | Front page | News Artistic rendering of the Acess Open Minds installation in downtown Sarnia. Image courtesy of Bluewater Health Foundation Tara Jeffrey Achieving the fundraising goal for a new youth mental health and addictions facility in Sarnia couldn’t have come at a …

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“The Human Behind the Badge” – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – As the pandemic nears the two-year mark, an organization in Colorado hopes to get mental health assistance for healthcare workers. The All Clear Foundation receives nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce burnout and promote wellness. (credit: All Clear Foundation) …

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ON EDGE: State agencies to audit struggling 10-county West Edge mental health center

Three state agencies launched a joint audit of Mind Springs Health, sending state investigators to examine the nonprofit mental health agency’s documents and financial records for 10 Western Slope counties. The organization, one of 17 regional community mental health centers that receive millions of dollars each year in public funding, …

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National blood shortage felt in the region; international organizations plead for donors | Health

A nonprofit that provides blood to hospitals in the Dakotas is offering an incentive to get people to donate during what officials say is a national blood shortage that is further stressing the nation’s health care system amid the coronavirus pandemic. Vitalant serves about 900 hospitals nationwide, including about 85 …

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Reader Caption: Share Your Experiences Navigating the Santa Barbara County Mental Health System | Local News

With just 16 beds at the Santa Barbara County Psychiatric Health Center — and no youth inpatient beds — residents are being ferried all the way to San Diego County to access this sometimes life-threatening care. Shortage of acute care beds in Santa Barbara County has caused long ER waits …

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Test & Trace deploys mobile test teams to support hospital emergency departments.

Testing for All: NYC Test & Trace Corps Deploys Mobile Testing Teams to Support Hospital Emergency Departments During Omicron Surge Mobile testing teams have deployed to 37 unique hospitals to ease demand in hospital emergency departments New York, NY The NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that it has …

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US sees mental health in crisis – Leavenworth Times

Maureen Groppe and Sarah Elbeshbishi USA TODAY WASHINGTON – An overwhelming majority of Americans believe the United States is in the throes of a real mental health crisis, according to a new USA TODAY / Suffolk University poll. Almost two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has …

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Omicron Peak may be flattening in the upstate, but the North Country is two weeks behind

Governor Kathy Hochul at a COVID-19 briefing on January 7, 2022. Photo: Don Pollard / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul January 11, 2022 – Governor Kathy Hochul said there was a “silver lining” that the spike in omicron cases was leveling off in the New York City area, but Upstate …

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Whatcom to open second COVID isolation center in Civic

Due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, the Whatcom County Health Department announced on Monday, January 10 that it will open a second isolation center at Civic Stadium. The facility can accommodate up to 25 guests who are vulnerable members of the community and need a …

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Palm Medical Centers Announces Acquisition of Robert V. Barbarite, MD, PA, Primary Care Practice in Broward County

CORAL GABLES, Florida – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Palm medical centers (“Palm”), a portfolio company of MBF Healthcare Partners II, LP (“MBF”), announced the acquisition of Robert V. Barbarite, MD, PA, a six-provider internal medicine practice in Parkland, Florida. The medical clinic becomes 21 of the Palm Medical Centersst primary care location …

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Gambia: Freeman Health Care Foundation, Crawah donate medical items to public health facilities

The Freeman Health Care Foundation (FHCF), based in America in collaboration with the Center for Research and Advocacy on Women and Adolescent Health (CRAWAH) The Gambia last Wednesday donated medical items to various public health institutions in the country. Beneficiaries included Bundung Maternal Hospital, Fajikunda Health Center, Serekunda Health Center, …

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The bill would dedicate two days to student mental health

BOSTON (State House News Service) – The COVID-19 pandemic, marked by disrupted routines and social isolation, has drawn new attention to issues related to the mental health of young people. Now lawmakers are proposing ways to give Massachusetts students additional flexibility to deal with mental health issues as they arise. …

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Health brief 01.04.22 | Life

SGHS holds pinning ceremony Local residents Reg and Diana Murphy recently presented a $ 50,000 grant to the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation to establish the MaeLil Scholars program for registered nurses seeking certifications specializing in nursing environments. difficult and high intensity practice in a hospital setting. On December 21, …

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To find out what works in rural mental health care, listen to the innovators – InsideSources

Everyone in this country is experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in one way or another. Even before the pandemic, nearly 14.2 million Americans suffered from severe mental illness every year, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It might surprise you to know that if …

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Colorado Springs in 2022, Whataburger’s Midterm Election | Local news

At the start of 2021, the end of the pandemic seemed within our reach. A year later, that goal is still elusive as the virus continues to mutate. Groundbreaking cases are emerging among those vaccinated as political division over measures such as mask and vaccine warrants persists. In early 2021, …

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$ 25million medical center arrives in southern Lansing

LANSING, Michigan – MSU Health Care, McLaren Greater Lansing, Gillespie Group and the MSU Foundation have just opened a new $ 25 million medical center in South Lansing. The largest component of the facility will be a new outpatient imaging center. “It will definitely be a growth engine in southern …

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Mental Health, Addiction and COVID-19 in Tennessee | State

Over the past decade, Tennessee – like other states – has taken aggressive steps to tackle an evolving opioid epidemic and launched new initiatives to meet the mental health care needs of students in the kindergarten to grade 12. Yet challenges remain. To help policymakers decide how to use new …

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Atrium Health opens virtual healthcare clinic in Shelby NC

Atrium Health is bringing community-based virtual care to the region with the creation of a new clinic on the Robertsdale campus of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church’s Community Life Center. The Virtual Care Clinic, located at 1205 Northside Drive, Shelby, offers people who may not have a primary care physician or …

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Colorado Behavioral Health System Review Before Vacation

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – While the holiday season can bring joy to many people, many find themselves struggling during the winter months. “We are expected to be happy and have wonderful lives because it’s Christmas time,” says Sgt. Franklyn Ortega. “But the reality is that sometimes that is not true.” …

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Healthcare facility to expand in former Bank of America complex in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine – Penobscot Community Health Care has finalized a $ 7 million deal to purchase the former Bank of America complex off Route 3 in Belfast. The transaction is major, with the property comprising a 142-acre campus and seven buildings with 316,000 square feet of office space. The purchase …

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Governor Mills Announces Federal COVID-19 Ambulance Teams to Eight Maine Hospitals

Hospitals to accommodate ambulances and emergency medical teams that will match patients with open beds in facilities in Maine Governor Janet Mills announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Maine’s request for federal ambulance teams on behalf of eight hospitals in Maine. Federal teams will help …

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What the mental health industry is wrong about suicide prevention

Over the past year, experts have expressed concern over whether the stress of the pandemic will lead to increased suicide rates. Although these concerns, fortunately, do not seem to have materialize Overall, the virus has brought to the fore the need for good mental health care and suicide prevention strategies. …

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American Legion Family showing the spirit of the season to others

The holiday season can be filled with joy and happiness, but for those who are struggling financially or otherwise, that same season can be difficult. But across the country, members of the American Legion family have stepped up or will step up to help others less fortunate. Whether it’s providing …

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Hawaiian Electric Donates $ 10,000 to Maui Nursing Scholarship Fund

Hawaiian Electric’s Mahina Martin (left) and Kūhea Asiu (far right) recently presented a $ 10,000 grant to Maui Nurses Scholarship Fund board members Anne Scharnhorst, Ron Gess and Nancy Johnson. Maui nurses will receive essential education opportunities thanks to a recent $ 10,000 grant provided by Hawaiian Electric to the …

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Nationwide shortages of mental health workers result in long wait times for care in the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Getting mental health care can be tough right now, not just in Southwest Missouri, but across the country. Many patients have long wait times for appointments. It is a problem that mental health care is seeing across the country. Stephanie Appleby, executive director of the National …

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Coronavirus outbreak reported to Louisville mental health clinic

A coronavirus outbreak was recently reported at a mental health clinic in Louisville. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment releases its data on the COVID-19 outbreak every Wednesday. A COVID-19 outbreak was determined at Centennial Peaks Hospital on December 8, according to CDPHE data. The outbreak involved three …

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Social workers are a key part of the solution to the mental health crisis

Maurizio Fava’s December 13 editorial, “The Nation’s Mental Health Crisis: A Pandemic Within the Pandemic,” spoke many truths, including the insanely high suicide rate in the United States, the exacerbation of COVID-19 in many mental health experiences, and the current and anticipated shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists. One big omission, …

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Oklahoma Progressing to Improve Access to Mental Health Care | Government-and-politics

The mental health of Americans has become collateral damage in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 virus – a more visible physical enemy, perhaps, than anxiety or depression. At its peak over the past year and a half, more than 40% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression—Four times …

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He was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia. Last month he passed the bar exam.

SAN DIEGO – The homeless woman did not recognize him as she asked for change, but Adrian Arias remembered her. “This was my corner,” he said, pointing to the spot on the sidewalk outside the old central library in downtown San Diego. This story is for subscribers We offer subscribers …

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Initial Funding Approved for State Mental Health Monitor

JACKSON, Miss. A federal judge has approved funding for an independent monitor tasked with collecting and analyzing data on how Mississippi’s mental health system works to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Dec. 3 ordered the state to make an upfront payment of $ 25,000 to Michael …

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2 million people to receive maternal and child health services in Sierra Leone amid COVID-19 pandemic – Sierra Leone

** WASHINGTON, December 9, 2021 ** – The World Bank today approved $ 60 million in funding to support maternal and child health services for 2 million people in Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Quality Essential Health Services and Systems Support project, funded by a $ 40 million grant from …

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Ogun leaders congratulate Czech Republic Otunba Adewunmi on donation in intensive care

Rebecca Ejifoma Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun led a coterie of indigenous people in congratulating the Czech Republic and Otunba Femi Adewunmi, the Atunluse of Owu-Ijebu for donating a care unit Intensives (ICU) fully equipped to the state. The commendation came during the activities marking the official handover and …

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Medical experts and families sound the alarm over children’s mental health crisis, made worse by pandemic – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Medical experts recently declared children’s mental health a national emergency, urging policymakers to take swift action to tackle the lingering problem, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis took a close look at the crisis in our region, from Connecticut to Long …

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Fort Smith School District Reviews Plans for New School Health Center

FORT SMITH – The school district is expected to move closer to its Vision 2023 plan goal of providing increased access to resources to students with its new school health center. The center, between Darby Middle School and Tilles Elementary School at 1420 N. H St., opened this fall and …

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Share your mental health story to help stem the stigma: PEACE OF MIND

Jamie Lahane and Sandra Oxx | Newport Daily News Mental health issues aren’t exactly the topic of conversation around the Keurig or the Water Fountain. Even in these enlightened, post-COVID mental health awareness times, most of us do not share information about our mental health. It could be fear of …

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Flu cases fill health facilities and patients wait on the floor; Resumption of vaccinations in the afternoon

Health units in Rio de Janeiro spent the first hours of Wednesday (the first) overcrowded due to the flu epidemic. Patients from different parts of the city say they have sought care with symptoms similar to Covid. In some cases, they were waiting on the ground. However, according to tests …

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Boynton Health, community clinics and student groups work to make health care more accessible and affordable at college – The Minnesota Daily

Both on-campus and off-campus organizations strive to provide students with free or low-cost health services, such as vaccines, contraceptives, and counseling. Audrey rauth Boynton Health, the COVID-19 testing site on the University of Minnesota campus, is empty on Sunday, October 25, 2020. With the 11 clinics on the University of …

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Centraide’s support is important for the young people of our community | News, Sports, Jobs

The quality of a community is often measured by the commitment of the citizens of that community to support their young people. According to the recent 2020 census, one in five children and adolescents in Fort Dodge live in homes that are at or below the poverty line. In total, …

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Clinical trials, mental health and digital therapy

In the breast cancer treatment paradigm, precision medicine and emerging therapies have created new opportunities to deal with the physical burden of the disease. However, issues regarding access to these innovative therapies and interventions for mental aspects of diagnosis continue to prove significantly unresolved, particularly in underserved communities nationwide, according …

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Data shows long-term care facilities under-staffed the most compared to other health sectors

According to the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), long-term care facilities are suffering the worst workplace crisis of any healthcare industry. The AHCA / NCAL released a report showing substantial job losses in several healthcare sectors, such as hospitals and home care …

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Grateful? Remember to thank these organizations with your donation

When the sun goes down and the holiday lights sparkle, the peninsula is a place of celebration. But the holiday can mask a very real need that some families in the region face for basic services. With a local poverty rate of 12.6% according to Data USA, affected residents have …

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Kaiser Permanente nurses and mental health staff to strike in solidarity with engineers on Friday

After a solidarity strike Thursday left some Kaiser Permanente patients without care, nurses and mental health clinicians left work Friday morning in solidarity with the striking engineers. Hundreds of Kaiser employees were on the picket line on Cottle Road outside Kaiser San Jose Medical Center, holding up signs that read …

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As workers fight pandemic impact, employers expand mental health benefits | national news

As the covid-19 pandemic crosses its second year, the way forward for American workers remains uncertain, with many continuing to work from home as policies to maintain a safe workplace evolve. In its 2021 survey of employer health benefits, released last week, KFF found that many employers have stepped up …

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New Geisinger Addition | Eyewitness News

WILKES-BARRE, ALZERNE COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – It seems that making an appointment with a specialist is more frustrating than ever, trying to find one or waiting a long time for an appointment. But a local health care network is taking a big step to do something about it. As …

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