Category Archives: Recovery & Healing

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

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During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

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NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17

Each year we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin American Countries.
The day of September 15 is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries that include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Furthermore, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
“The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.” (Source)
NAMI California recognizes the importance of embracing our diverse communities and striving for inclusiveness within the mental health system. Therefore during the following months we will highlight specific heritage, history and affiliate community engaging activities.

Source: NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17

 

The Benefits of Microdosing Weed · High Times

I’m going to be honest when I say that upon hearing about microdosing pot, I was very skeptical. As someone who has enjoyed joint after joint, smoking little bits at a time just seemed ineffective. I assume anyone with a high tolerance will think likewise.

Yet, as mentioned in a previous article, there have been moments in which I have experienced anxiety from too much THC. To top it off, I’m in the midst of a period of my life where my responsibilities are heightened; therefore, lightening my cannabis consumption.

With this, I inevitably began smoking less and less to a point where my tolerance has been lowered quite a bit. And I naturally began to microdose.

Source: The Benefits of Microdosing Weed · High Times

Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

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Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows.

These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are taken to the hospital after community social services and programs fall short and families call 911 for help, according to more than two dozen interviews with parents, advocates and physicians in states from Maine to California. Continue reading Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Federal Audit Gives California Poor Marks On Monitoring The Welfare Of Foster Children

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The federal government has given California bad marks on monitoring the well-being of children in foster care.

State officials were slow to investigate complaints of abuse or neglect, failed to notify investigators of serious sexual abuse allegations and didn’t follow up to ensure cases were resolved, according to an audit released late Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. Continue reading Federal Audit Gives California Poor Marks On Monitoring The Welfare Of Foster Children

Why Glaring Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut

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Nursing homes that rely the most on Medicaid tend to provide the worst care for their residents — not just the people covered by the program but also those who pay privately or have Medicare coverage.

Despite the collapse of the latest Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans are still keen on shrinking the amount of Medicaid money Washington sends states.

Down the line, this would create problems for the nation’s 1.4 million nursing home residents, two-thirds of whom are covered by the state-federal health care program for low-income and disabled people. Continue reading Why Glaring Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut

Years After Silently Combating Sexual Trauma, Female Veterans Seek Help

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Sheila Procella joined the Air Force in 1974 to “see the Earth,” she said. She enlisted at the tail end of the Vietnam War, shortly after graduating from high school. Although she never left her home state of Texas during eight years of service, her office job proved to be its own battlefield.

“Some of us actually went to war, some of us had war right here in the States, going to work every day knowing we are going to be harassed,” said Procella, now 62 and living in Plano, Texas. Continue reading Years After Silently Combating Sexual Trauma, Female Veterans Seek Help

Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

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Valerie Green is still waiting to be cured.

The Delaware resident was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than two years ago, but she doesn’t qualify yet for the Medicaid program’s criteria for treatment with a new class of highly effective but pricey drugs. The recent approval of a less expensive drug that generally cures hepatitis C in just eight weeks may make it easier for more insurers and correctional facilities to expand treatment.

The drug, Mavyret, is the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration that can cure all six genetic types of hepatitis C in about two months in patients who haven’t previously been treated. Other approved drugs generally require 12 weeks to treat the disease and often aren’t effective for all types of hepatitis C. Continue reading Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way For Medicaid, Prisons To Expand Treatment

Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, on Las Vegas Shooting | Mental Health America

“This morning, we were awakened to the horror of the largest mass shooting in United States history. It is hard to ignore the shock of such news, and impossible at this early stage to determine the motive of the 64-year-old shooter.

“What we do know is this. The families of the at least 58 who died and the 500+ who were injured will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives.  Long after the physical wounds have healed, the trauma will remain. It is critically important that we recognize and understand this, and do all that we can to offer the help and support that these individuals, families, and loved ones need. Continue reading Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, on Las Vegas Shooting | Mental Health America

Are you having a break or a breakdown? | Penelope Trunk Careers

So often in my life I have felt like I’m failing when I’ve actually been taking a break. After college I had various odd jobs and every night I read books. I read a book a night for a while.…

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