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    PNS Weekend Update - September 5, 20150 


    Among the stories we’re featuring: same-sex couples finally marry in a Kentucky county; a link between military service and equality; and if life seems like a constant headache, you may want to take a look at where you live.

Mental Health

A new Texas law goes into effect this week guaranteeing county jail inmates at least two 20-minute in-person visits per week. Credit: Montian Noowong.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new law passed by the Texas State Legislature last session goes into effect this week, assuring county jail inmates of at least two 20-minute in-person visits per week. The legislation was introduced in response to a growing trend of replacing face-to-face visitation with vi ...Read More

Home-care workers in Washington state can receive extra training through an apprenticeship program that prepares them to provide support for people with a variety of medical challenges. Credit: Chris Thomas

SEATTLE – On Friday, 90 home-care aides graduate from advanced caregiver training in Seattle – and it's a big milestone. The workers, who hail from around the state, have spent 145 hours over the last year learning how to manage care for people who in past decades might have been instit ...Read More

The shame and stigma of addiction can stop people from seeking the help they need. Credit: andronicusmax/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS - Slightly more than a year since Indiana reduced penalties for drug offenses, a new approach is under way to remove addiction's grip on Indiana. On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence announced the Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention, a group that state Sen. Jim Merritt, R-I ...Read More

Indiana family caregivers can gather, share, learn and laugh at a new event. Credit: The Arches/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS – A little laughter can go a long way, and family caregivers in Indiana have a new opportunity to ease the stress of their demanding lives. AARP Indiana is hosting a first-of-its-kind gathering where family caregivers can share, learn and yuck it up together. There are nearly ...Read More

Tina Manns is retiring after 23 years helping domestic violence victims. Credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An institution in West Virginia domestic violence prevention is on her way to retiring. After nearly 25 years, Tina Manns is cutting her hours as Boone County Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. In countless cases, the diminutive, white-haired 8 ...Read More

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati ...Read More

Messages cover the windows of a schizophrenic patientís house. Credit: Pete S/ Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK - New York state is expanding its services for young people who begin experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects about one out of every 200 people, and the first signs often appear from ages 18 and 21. Glenn Liebman, chief executive of the Mental Health Association of N ...Read More

Only 13 percent of American women have access to paid maternity leave. Credit: SolStock.

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found most other countries, rich or poor, ma ...Read More

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