This March 10, 2015 article on GoErie.com talks about internal changes at Stairways as they work together with Beacon Light Behavioral Health to pull their resources together in hopes that they can offer better services to those they serve. Valarie Vicarri is the new leader at Stairways and will be reporting to Rick Saegar the CEO of Beacon Light unlike her predecessor who reported to the Stairways board of directors. Everything is being done to reduce any impact this change has on those being served by both agencies as they grow together.
This December 4, 2014 WICU-WSEE Erie News article talks about an opinion on what sometimes happens when police are arresting someone who is disabled and how the persons race and disability could be targeted for discrimination either intentionally or unintentionally. The article primarily focuses on things like “fat hatred” and how someone who is obese is potentially treated differently then someone who isn’t by the police.
Disclaimer …. By posting the link to this article, I am not saying I approve or disapprove of the practices in this article. I am simply sharing it because I feel that it offers some insight that could be useful. I would also like to note that by posting this I am NOT saying that all police discriminate against people who are different then themselves, just acknowledgeing that it does seem to happen at times, and that while the only police that seem to be in the media are ones who are somehow corrupt or discriminate against others, I do acknowledge there are also some awesome
police out there who often go above and beyond the call of duty and will do everything they can to treat people they encounter with dignity and respect. This is not a one-size-fits-all article.
This October 22, 2014 GoErie.com article talks about a recent conference held in Erie County, PA on suicide prevention. The segment includes video and text-based items within it, and at the end offers some resources for folks in Erie County, PA who may be seeking help either for them-self or for a friend or family member who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.