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Criminal courts tailored to veterans multiply as wars wind down

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U.S. courts are offering war veterans who face jail time the choice of rehabilitation. This helps them adjust to civilian life and reduces repeat offences.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Doctor Hotspot

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

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Doctoring, without the doctor

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There is a shortage of medical practitioners in thinly-populated rural states like Nebraska. But new laws now allow nurses with advanced degrees to practice without requiring a doctor's oversight.

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Elsa's Story

The Denver Post

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Children across the U.S. experience gender confusion, causing emotional stress in themselves and their family. Gender identity counselors and gender youth clinics are being created in multiple states to help families find peace in their situation.

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Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk

The New York Times

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Preschoolers in the U.S. who misbehave are increasingly being expelled. In Connecticut, trained counselors educated teachers about how to deal with emotionally traumatized kids which reduced expulsions.

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Female Veterans pose homeless challenge for VA

Women's E-News

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

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Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

The New York Times

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In many nations with highly traumatized people, psychologists and psychiatrists are absent. Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their community.

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For Drug Users, a Swift Response Is the Best Medicine

The New York Times

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Drug and alcohol addicts are more likely to become criminals. In Vermont, a judge and a family services organization created RapidReferal, a process which offers addicts treatment immediately and has lowered recidivism.

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