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“10-bed, short-stay mental health crisis center to open in March on New Holland Avenue”

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This February 8, 2015 article on the LancasterOnline website talks about a 10 bed  short stay mental health facility opening in Lancaster.  The stay will only be up to 5 days with the goal being to help folks through a crisis before it gets out of hand without placing them in a hospital or jail both of which are pricey.

“Not a “flop house,” Water Street Mission now expects guests to work a plan out of homelessness”

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This January 11, 2015 LancasterOnline article talks about changes one Mission is making in how they help people who are homeless.

“Eating disorders spreading to younger kids”

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This December 28, 2014, Lancaster Online article talks about eating disorders surfacing in teens and preteens an estimate in the article says that the out of every 100 kids there is a chance of finding a couple of kids with some form of eating disorder.  Until recently it was felt that eating disorders were predominately seen in older teens or college aged young adults.

“New bunks to help prevent suicide in prison”

 

English: A view of one of the anti-suicide cel...

English: A view of one of the anti-suicide cells in maximum security of the Old Montana Prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 21, 2014 Lancaster Online article talks about how the Lancaster County Prison is attempting to decrease the number of inmate suicides by replacing the bunks in cells.  The old bunks had holes that created a place inmates could secure an item to the bunk for the purpose of hanging themselves.  The new bunks are snug to the wall and don’t have these holes which would make it nearly impossible for a prisoner to hang themselves using their bunk.  The new bunks will be installed in several phases.

“Meet Hamlet, Lancaster Co. Courthouse’s newest employee”

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This June 26, 2014 ABC27 article with video segment talks about the newest employee at the Lancaster County Courthouse a Service Dog name Hamlet trained to aid in decreasing the anxiety of those going through the court process with the primary role being to work in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse courts, but he will have other roles as well when he isn’t in court.

A service dog putting keys into his owner's hand.

A service dog putting keys into his owner’s hand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video: “Mental Health 50th Anniversary Timeline, Lancaster, PA”

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This YouTube video was uploaded by Philhavenhope on November 13, 2013 and while its focus is on Lancaster County, PA, it does include historical moments that had an impact nationwide in the mental health community.

“Students take aim at youth depression and suicide with ‘I’ve got your back’ message”

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This January 29, 2014 article on the Central Pennsylvania Patriot News website talks about Aevidum a group formed by and for students in response to a teen suicide.  They recently held a basketball tournament to raise awareness about suicide, mental illness and other issues faced by teens.

 

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of ...

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“Food stamp cuts to affect 3 million in Pa. and N.J.”

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This article on the Philly.com website talks about the cut to food stamps that will be felt by every recipient in the country.

“Here’s why voter ID will be requested, not required, in November elections: PennLive letters “

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d'Octobre 2008, Jèrri

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d’Octobre 2008, Jèrri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 15, 2013 article found on the Patriot-News powered Penn Live website in Central Pennsylvania, explains why voters will be asked for ID at the coming election, but NOT required in most cases to present it.  the long-standing rule about someone who is a first time voter at their assigned polling place will still apply.  Voters who have voted at their assigned polling place before will be asked for id, but NOT required to show it.  The new Voter ID law is still on hold by order of the state Supreme Court. Here’s a link to an August 16, 2013 article that talks about the court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law found on the HuffPost website

 

“Mental health program recognized”

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This July 25, 2013 article on the Lancaster Online website talks about a Pennsylvania mental health organization that has recently been recognized on the national registry of evidence based practices listing for its work in helping people with mental illnesses.  The organization is Compeer Lancaster.

The registry can be found at … http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/

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