“More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff”

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This February 2, 2016 article on the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) talks about an impending cut to food stamps that will affect millions of low-income people in the United States unless Congress does something to stop it.


“Gun Violence: Is Obama Right to Cite Mental Illness?”

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This January 17, 2016, Newsweek article By Paul Appelbaum and Jeffrey Lieberman, talks about the reasons that connecting mental health reform to gun reform is a bad idea.

“A Psychiatrist Opposes H.R. 2646: Here’s Why”

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This December 7, 2015 letter to Congressman Upton from Coni Kalinowski, MD
Medical Director, Mojave Adult, Child, and Family Services
University of Nevada School of Medicine, talks about why she opposes H.R. 2646 from the perspective of a Psychiatrist.

“Pennsylvania lawmakers to reconvene, budget status unclear”

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This January 5, 2016 article indicates that the House and Senate are in session and are said to be planning on working on the state budget.  A spokesperson for Governor Wolf indicates that the Governor won’t be in the budget meetings with the house or senate at this time.

“Spirituality and Mental Health”

The social self.

The social self. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 5, 2016 article by Danielle Nelson on the Jamaica Observer website talks about the struggles between Spirituality and Mental Health because of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

To those who are celebrating ….

I would like to take a moment to wish those who are celebrating it, Merry Christmas.  May you and everyone you meet on this joyous occasion be filled with compassion, hope, and an understanding that sometimes it’s the things that money can’t buy that are the most valuable gifts we can give or receive.  Spending time with friends, family, or even complete strangers can offer memories about the time spent with them that last a lifetime.

Please be safe if you are traveling, and for those who have much try not to forget that not everyone is as blessed as you may be and that sometime the greatest gift you can give yourself not only today but everyday through every year is the warmth you feel when you’ve found a way to help someone with something they aren’t able to help themselves with but are in desperate need of whatever “it” is whether it be food, shelter, clothing, hygiene items, diapers for a little one, feminine hygiene items or whatever need a person who is struggling may have that you are able to meet, the recipient isn’t the only one who gets a gift the giver also gets a little something that money can’t buy and that they didn’t have before they took a moment to bless someone else.  Compassion, hope, and kindness are all contagious and can be a matter of life or death to the recipient.

May you be the blessing of hope, compassion, joy, and peace to others that goes beyond what words can describe…. that is the greatest gift any of us can give to any other person.

“Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care”

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This December 1, 2015 article by Joe Smydo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about a federal lawsuit being filed by the Disability Rights Network against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services citing inadequate mental health care as the reason for the suit.  Warren State Hospital, Torrance State Hospital and Mifflin County Jail are where the 3 people the suit focuses on are located.

“Pa. state prisons transform mental health care, but is it working?”

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This April 17, 2015 Penn Live article talks about ongoing changes in the Pennsylvania Prison System as it pertains to inmates with mental health issues.