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High Country News

Paige Blankenbuehler

8 August 2016

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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The over-prescription of pain medicine has been a problem in southwest Colorado. Collective efforts of health care providers to standardize opioid prescriptions, clinics to expand recovery programs, and law enforcemen...

Yes! Magazine

Jaime Alfaro

22 July 2016

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Black communities are often left without adequate counseling services when faced with racial trauma, but clinical psychologists are working to address this. So far, solutions include opening clinics that specialize in...

The Roanoke Times

Amy Friedenberger

21 July 2016

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

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In one year, the drug overdoses in Roanoke, VA have taken 12 lives and another 76 have overdosed but survived. The police department developed a new program called the Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative, designed to prov...

NPR

Lulu Miller

1 July 2016

Geel, Belgium

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Americans LOVE solutions. But are there problems we shouldn't try to solve? Lulu visits a town in Belgium with a completely different approach to dealing with mental illness.

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Angus Chen

1 July 2016

Geel, Belgium

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Institutionalizing the mentally ill can exacerbate their symptoms, while dehumanizing them and taking away opportunities for agency. For centuries, the town of Geel in Belgium has a government-funded program that plac...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

8 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Trauma training for police and community workers teaches them how to make tough situations, such as the arrest of a parent, easier on young children. Painful memories can alter perceptions of police for a lifetime.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Healing Hurt People program, or HHP, is an ER-based violence intervention program that works on the public health-based notion that violence - like other diseases that spread - can be prevented. It targets service...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

7 June 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Healing Hurt People (HHP), the program that helped save his life, now employs men like Jermaine McCorey - men who used to be a part of a violent life on the streets of Philadelphia - to reach out to boys and young men...

PBS NewsHour

Sarah Varney

20 April 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Childhood trauma such as abuse, neighborhood violence or the death of a parent has been found to lead to dire health and social problems later in life. How can communities intervene to spare future generations the sam...

TalkPoverty.org

Peter Edelman

18 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The disappearance of good manufacturing jobs, increased concentration of wealth, and political gridlock makes it increasingly hard for cities to address poverty. A Georgetown law professor reports back on four inventi...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Martin Austermuhle

14 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For individuals with developmental disabilities in Washington, D.C., inclusion’s uphill battle, while still happening, has shown results. After the practice of institutionalization ended decades ago, there was a shift...

Al Jazeera

Sarita Santoshini

7 March 2016

Manipur, India

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Many women in Manipur are left as widows as the Indian Security Forces' fight against extremism leaves many innocent victims. Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and other organizations are dedicated to helping women...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Krista M. Torralva

4 March 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven, the police department launched a program that pairs cops with clinicians. “We see ourselves as psychiatrists with guns and a badge.” They see children as victims too, who can experience trauma when witne...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Krista M. Torralva

27 February 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Partnering cops and clinicians has led to a cultural change in New Haven's police department. Their definition of a victim extends past the person with physical injuries in order to help children from violence-stricke...

The Ithaca Voice

Melissa Whitworth

3 October 2015

Freeville, New York, United States

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Nationally, the VA has been plagued by reports of long wait times, neglect, and other failures, but clinics in New York's Tompkins County are bucking that trend. The Freeville Clinic, and others in the county, never t...

Christian Science Monitor

Noelle Swan

15 June 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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How are people with mental illness policed in the U.S.? Unfortunately, often people with mental illness are sent to prison, instead of being treated. There are “10 times as many inmates diagnosed with severe mental il...

Marketplace

Alisa Roth

2 June 2015

Rochester, New York, United States

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Like the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that help seriously mentally ill people avoid costly long-term hospital stays, Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams try to help the same population avo...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 May 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Researchers are investigating how in a world of technology and social media, people feel more alone then ever and isolated from society. But millennials are creating a landscape of new institutions to meet their needs...

KTVA

Hope Miller

23 April 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Therapeutic courts like the Anchorage Wellness Court were born out of a desire to reduce recidivism rates and deflate ballooning prison populations. For many, they have become the answer to breaking the cycle of crimi...

The Arizona Republic

Megan Cassidy

27 January 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Assertive community treatment teams working through outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses who have recently been ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 October 2013

Connecticut, United States

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Child First is a program in Connecticut, where staff members deliver home-based parent guidance and child-parent psychotherapy to help prevent the detrimental physical and mental effects of toxic stress on children. T...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stephanie Capper

22 September 2013

Kilis, Turkey

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Child Friendly Spaces in Kilis, a city with a huge Syrian refugee population, and UNICEF’s art program in Jordan’s refugee camp, try to address the mental health of refugees, who are often dealing with great trauma. “...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 July 2012

Uganda

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Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their communities. In many of these regions, "treatment gaps" – where ...

Time Magazine

Lee Middleton

19 June 2010

Butare, Rwanda

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The opening of an ice cream shop in Butare, Rwanda is a small part of a larger effort to bring joy and personal health and happiness to communities who otherwise "ceased to believe they deserved it." A nonprofit based...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

19 March 2006

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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With the promise of community care, psychiatric wards were unlocked 30 years ago. Today, the sickest patients live in squalor.

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