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“How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms”

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This October 17, 2016 article by Shefali Luthra, talks about the differencees in going to the Emergency Room for Physical health reasons compared to mental health reasons and indicates that a person with a mental health issue is likely to stay in the ER longer or more likely to be admitted to the hospital directly from the ER than someone with physical health issues is.

“Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs”

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This April 28, 2016 AP article found on the Herald-Standard website talks about Hawaii’s interest in having Psychologists be able to prescribe medications to their clients.  This is something already done in the military, and in a few other states. It is hoped that this change could improve access to care, and maybe also help Hawaii decrease their suicide rate which according to the article is higher than the rate that people die from car accidents in Hawaii.

“Stretching psychiatric care in rural Pennsylvania”

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This February 25, 2016 article on the News works website talks about the immense struggle that rural areas face when trying to meet the demand for mental health services, particularly access to Psychiatrists, in Pennsylvania.  The article estimates that there are about 10 Psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in Pennsylvania and points out that many of the existing Psychiatrists seem to cluster around the larger cities leaving folks in rural areas where the need tends to be greater with fewer

English: This photo describes a rural area

English: This photo describes a rural area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

professionals to serve those with mental health issues.

“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.

 

“Battle Lines Form in the Fight Over Social Security Payment Reductions”

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This August 5, 2015 MSN Money article talks about the impending crisis involving the money in the SSDI program drying up by the end of 2016.  The article includes a few ideas being tossed around for correcting the problem or at least for buying time until a solution can be found.  The article indicates that less than 1% of the social Security tax paid by employees goes into funding SSDI compared to over 5% going into retirement. One idea in the article is to increase the percentage of the Social Security tax by a couple of percentage points to increase the amount of money going into the disability fund.

“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebo...

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later”

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This July 20, 2015 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about how being a couch potato as a young adult can contribute to an increased risk of developing things like Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders as we age.

“What To Know About National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

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This July 13, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR station segment highlights some of the reasons that Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is important.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Negotiators to meet amid Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate”

Stalemate chess

Stalemate chess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 6, 2015 article found on the Lancaster Online website talks about the stalemate between Governor Wolf and the GOP as negotiations continue over the state budget.  The article points out that state employees would still be paid, but that county social services that provide a safety-net for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens would go unpaid until a budget is passed.

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