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Special Report: Abandoning our mentally ill

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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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A special program helps women combat depression, other mental health issues

KPCC

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A unique program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is combining prenatal care with psychiatric treatment for low-income women who might otherwise not seek help for mental health issues during pregnancy.

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Battling America's other PTSD crisis

Yahoo! News

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Research shows that inner-city violence can be as traumatizing as war. A program in Philadelphia is pioneering new ways to treat the urban wounded

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Family fighting Huntington's Disease with sheep

WXMI

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A certain breed of sheep may carry a specific trait that could possibly treat Huntington’s disease. Early trials have shown that mice treated with the chemical compound found in sheep can reactivate motor function.

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Doctoring, without the doctor

The New York Times

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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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For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma

The New York Times

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Post-traumatic stress has triggered dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects of PTSD, the Center for Mind-Body Awareness offers veterans Buddhist-inspired me...

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New Phoenix team tackles recidivism of those with mental illness

The Arizona Republic

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Assertive community treatment teams working through of outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County, AZ have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses, because they provide a long-term and comprehensive approach: aiming to halt a vicious cycle of ...

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How can Milwaukee County's broken mental health system be fixed?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Milwaukee County’s mental health system put more resources in expensive emergency care rather than invest in programs that offer continual care. As a result, Milwaukee County identifies nine solutions from other cities that have had success in repairing mental health systems. Solutions include th...

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Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar

Freakonomics

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

Researchers set out to measure the efficacy of a program called Becoming a Man, which seems to be proving that, for all the billions of dollars spent on complicated anti-crime programs, something as simple and cheap as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seems more effective in reducing crime (and, not ...

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Protecting Children From Toxic Stress

The New York Times

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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. The engagement is guided by an evidence-based methodology called Child-Parent Psy...

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