“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.

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“Westmoreland celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary”

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This July 26, 2014 TribLive News article talks about celebrations held in Westmoreland County, PA at their county courthouse to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which is an act that in the disability community is compareable to the civil rights act that added protections for race and ethnicity.  the ADA offers protections against the abuse or neglect of people with disabilities in addition to setting standards for things like accessibility of public places and work place accommodations.

This is the internationally recognized symbol ...

This is the internationally recognized symbol for accessibility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Are hospitals failing civilians who get PTSD?”

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This March 5, 2014 Westmoreland Times article talks about concern that civilians at risk of having PTSD due to injuries may not be getting screen for PTSD and often go untreated the article also covers some of the reasons being given by hospitals and doctors for not screening patients.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (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

 

“Photo exhibit displays images of mental health recovery in Westmoreland County”

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This article dated May 3, 2012 and found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a project where some folks in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania were given digital cameras and told to take pictures of things that were helpful to them on their road to recovery.  some of the pictures were turned into a public display along with a writeup about the reason the picture was taken in the words of the photographer.  The goal of the project was to shed some light into the lives of folks with mental illnesses and to show that while a small minority of people with mental illnesses do commit violent crimes, there are many more out there who are working to improve their lives and have many of the same wants or desires that folks without mental illnesses want.  Very neat article to say the least, and I found it quite refreshing on many levels to read about something positive in the media about folks with mental health issues, since so much of the media attention goes to the small minority who commit violent crimes, which is something that has always bothered me on many levels.  So I’m always pleased when I hear about someone doing something positive and being able to read or watch it through a news source.

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