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“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)

“Lancaster County office is renamed”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This January 2, 2013 article on the Lancaster Online website talks about the recent name change for the former Lancaster County Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention which has recently changed its name to the  Lancaster County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services.  to reflect the 2011 change in language used in state law.

“Proposed name shift would battle stigma”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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This article found at LancasterOnline dated July 13, 2011 discusses legislation being proposed to change the term “Mentally Retarded” to “Intellectually Disabled” and also the proposed change at the Lancaster County MH/MR/Early Intervention agency.

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