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Walker Unveils Medicaid Expansion Plan

Alaska Journal of Commerce By Elwood Brehmer Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State […]

Ga. Gets $9.5 Million to Help Schools Address Mental Health

Education officials in Georgia say the state has received $9.5 million to help schools address mental health. The Georgia Department of Education says it’s launching a new initiative called Georgia Project AWARE, which stands for Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education.

Suicides in LA County Jails Drop by Half

Half the number of inmates committed suicide in Los Angeles County jails last year than in 2013 – five instead 10 – according to new data from the Sheriff’s Department. The drop comes a year after federal officials said the rates were too high and jailers weren’t doing enough to prevent suicides.

You Don’t Need a Pot of Gold to Make a Difference

Children’s Mental Health Network By Ashley Staeck The Children’s Mental Health system in Racine, Wisconsin is not unlike systems in communities throughout the country: There are unaddressed needs, major barriers to access, poor coordination of available services, service shortages, and […]

Judge says California Violates Rights of Disabled Inmates

California must stop housing disabled inmates in isolation cells solely because prisons lack housing to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistance, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The state violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and previous court orders when inmates are placed in the administrative segregation cells, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken said in Oakland.

Bemidji Asks: Can We Keep the Mentally Ill Out of Jail?

The bipartisan bill would create four regional “jail diversion hubs” — short-term, quick treatment centers for mentally ill adults arrested for relatively minor crimes. The $8 million proposal, sponsored by Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, is modeled on a nationally recognized program in Orlando.

New Phoenix Team Tackles Recidivism of Those with Mental Illness

Reed, a case manager at Community Bridges, is part of a 13-person team that provides what’s known as “assertive community treatment” to those with serious mental illness. The outreach-centered programs have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, panic disorder and bipolar disorder.