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Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

18 May 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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At the Los Angeles County Jail, two men incarcerated on pending murder charges created a homegrown approach to improving the care and conditions of confinement for people with serious mental illness. Their approach is...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

15 March 2021

Northfield, New Hampshire, United States

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The Spaulding Academy and Family Services is a residential school for children and young adults with autism and other neurological issues. It also serves young people with histories of severe trauma or who are in cris...

Kaiser Health News

Sarah Kwon

11 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces people into isolation and social distancing, places known as "peer respites" are providing a space for those "experiencing or nearing a mental health crisis" to seek help. While the ...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

10 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county'...

The New York Times

Jane Margolies

5 January 2021

Mountain View, California, United States

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Across the U.S. an influx of new mental health facilities are being designed through a lens of "evidence-based" architecture that aims to use the design itself as a means of treatment. With studies indicating that acc...

Transitions Online

Eugenia Dolgaya

20 March 2020

Gomel, Belarus

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A residential home for disabled children in Gomel, Belarus is setting an example for similar facilities by changing the model of care. Designed with the goal of reuniting the children with their families, the facility...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Tina Giuliano

10 March 2020

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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Flagstaff Medical Center has incorporated the arts into their behavioral health unit, where they treat people with depression, anxiety, and other issues—they hired local artists to paint murals on the walls. Staff at ...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

1 December 2019

California, United States

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Implementing checklists to prevent suicide risks can reduce the number of deaths by suicide in psychiatric facilities. Since 2007, Veteran’s Affairs medical facilities across the country have successfully reduced the ...

CNN

Sophie Jeong

21 October 2019

Cheonan, South Korea

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For those struggling with smartphone addiction, detox and counseling can prove beneficial. In South Korea, the government’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, alongside partners like the National Center for Youth...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

11 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, the Close to Home initiative is taking a different approach to juvenile justice by centering it around a localized, residential, and rehabilitative model. These facilities operate out of traditional-...

Stateline

Max Blau

10 September 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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After several high-profile suicides at various prisons throughout the U.S, ten states have enacted new policies for jails and prisons in order to intervene before it's too late. From enhanced suicide prevention traini...

Broadview Magazine

Anne Theriault

5 September 2019

Geel, Belgium

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Normalizing mental health care helps create inclusive communities. In Geel, in Belgium, centuries of pilgrims seeking the blessing of Dymphna, the city’s patron saint of mental illness, have created a culture of commu...

Santa Fe Reporter

Katherine Lewin

27 August 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Housing options for patients dealing with mental illness are bleak in New Mexico. Casa Milagro provides an alternative to the infamous board-and-care homes and offers a sense of community as well as medically trained ...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

19 June 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Miami is home to a special type of child welfare program called CHANCE (Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively Impacted by Commercial Exploitation) that is designed specifically for youth in foster care that have been ...

Finmag

Petra Dlouhá

28 May 2019

Czech Republic

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There are many things to consider when it comes to the quality of life and psychological needs of people living with disabilities, but one need rarely remembered is their sexuality. A Czech organization called Freya t...

Pacific Standard

Tony Rehagen

17 April 2019

North Dakota, United States

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Using animals as a form of therapy is not a new concept, but combining this practice with traditional Lakota horse rituals has proven to be a powerful anecdote for treating youth mental trauma in these communities. Tr...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

5 April 2019

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Keeping families together eases the burden on the foster care system and reduces issues such as homelessness and substance abuse in the long term. Former foster children in Spokane, Washington, end up relying heavily ...

NBC News

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky

3 April 2019

Santa Clarita, California, United States

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Providing senior citizens with animal-assisted therapy has been known to lessen rates of loneliness while also aiding in brain health by reducing cases as dementia. Because taking care of a living animal is not always...

TVO

Dylan Klempner

11 February 2019

Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada

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The inclusion of music makes for a more healthful long-term care environment. The nonprofit organization, the Room 217 Foundation, helps lessen the effects of isolation suffered by seniors living in nursing facilities...

KUNM

Megan Kamerick

27 December 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Crossroads for Women, a New Mexico nonprofit, is helping formerly incarcerated women find community, support, and recovery. Using trauma-informed care practices, the program offers a comprehensive list of services lik...

Christian Science Monitor

John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

United States

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

Dayton Daily News

Katie Wedell

7 October 2018

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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Providing a comprehensive approach helps veterans struggling with addiction. At the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, when VA campus police who identify drug-related cases, patients are also paired with social w...

The Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani

28 July 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Non-violent offenders arrested during mental health episodes in Davidson County are sent to Mental Health Court rather than criminal court. Through this court, they are connected to safety net services such as housing...

Yes! Magazine

Mason Adams

25 July 2018

Virginia, United States

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After a brutal incident led to a violent attack and the death of his son, Senator Creigh Deeds was determined to reform the mental health system in Virginia. The Deeds commission passed a series of reforms, among them...

The Guardian

Jennifer Rankin

18 May 2018

Geel, Belgium

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Residents of a small town in Belgium take in "boarders", people who have disabilities that render them unable to live alone. Many of these boarders stay with their host families for several decades, and they all parti...

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