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“Reasonable Accommodations”

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This March 25, 2015 Slate article talks about questions raised by the Supreme Court about the number of mentally ill people shot by police as it compares to the number of police shot by mentally ill people and asks if the ADA should be applied more often to mitigate  a less violent approach to dealing with people with mental health issues as opposed to creating a society where the mentally ill are killed on sight.

English: Commemorative plate of mentally ill v...

English: Commemorative plate of mentally ill victims of German crimes in Fort VII in Poznań Polski: Tablica upamiętniająca chore psychicznie ofiary niemieckich zbrodni w Forcie VII w Poznaniu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pa. law increases training requirements for suicide prevention”

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This August 16, 2014 Herald Mail Media article talks about a new law that would require all K-12 educators to have a minimum of 4 hours of training every 5 years on suicide awareness and prevention

“Warring statisticians in voter ID trial”

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This July 25, 2013 article on the witf website talks about the questioning of statisticians by lawyers from both sides  of the Pennsylvania voter ID trial.


“Corbett Signs Law to Protect Service Dogs”


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This August 9, 2012 article found on the Gant daily website, talks about the new law that Gov. Corbett signed to help protect Service Dogs.  and includes a link to the bill itself.


“PA Voter ID Law Would Keep 93-Year-Old Who Marched With Martin Luther King From Voting”

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This article that also contains a video is dated May 2, 2012 and found on the TPM Muckraker website.  The article discusses legal action being taken by the ACLU and other organizations to fight the voter ID law here in Pennsylvania.  The goal of the ACLU is to get the law overturned on the grounds that it is unconstitutional based on the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  They are hoping to go to trial in June based on a segment I watched on PCNtv.com that time frame was done to both give the defendants time to prepare their case, and also so that there is hopefully enough time to finish things up before the November election.

While I know this article is not specific to the mental health community, I do know that the voter id law is one that will have an impact on the mental health community.

I would urge you to try to get a photo id if you don’t have one if you plan on voting in November.  From what I understand it can take up to 3 to 4 months to get your birth certificate so now is the time to be getting it if you don’t have a photo ID with your picture, current address, and an expiration date.

I have never been supportive of the voter suppression act, but since it is in place, even though there are people preparing to battle against it in the courts, it’s wise to get your ID just incase the court decides the law isn’t unconstitutional.  It’s one of those ‘hoping for the best but preparing for the worst’ kind of scenarios.

“Pennsylvania Mental Health Laws and Regulations: relevant excerpts for emergency physicians”


The above link is to a PDF file I found linked in my google alerts, I’m not sure about who posted it or if it is something that is legitimately posted online, but I thought it was interesting to say the least and something that might be of interest to some of my readers.   The file includes a date of January 4, 2004, which I’m assuming that it means the information was current at that time.  So, I’m not claiming it is completely current, but within the realm of my limited knowledge about the 302 process, it seems like it would be something that could be a starting point for someone who has an interest in learning more about the PA 302 laws.

Based on the web address, I suspect it is hosted on a University of Pittsburgh server, so if someone spots this post and knows anything about whether or not it’s ok for me to post this, could you please let me know.  In the event that I accessed a link I shouldn’t have, I will gladly remove the post.   This link seemed to be hitting in a grey area in terms of my accessing it, so I want to be sure I’m not stepping on any toes by sharing it.  I simply felt the file would be of interest here and as I said if there is a problem with me accessing it, I will be more then happy to remove the post if there is a problem.

I know Google sometimes picks up on links that may not have been intended for the public which is part of my caution with this particular link.

If you don’t have the software to view PDF files, you can get free software from either of these two links ….

Adobe Acrobat reader – http://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=BUIGO

Nitro Reader – http://www.nitroreader.com/    (Nitro Reader also allows you to create PDF files from other documents and has some nice features like the ability to highlight text and add your own notes to a file, which is something I find helpful sometimes)

Both programs are available for free.

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