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PHOTO: Microphone in hand, Royce Markley addressed policymakers at a luncheon last week. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection shared their views about problems with the foster care system and outlined possible solutions. Photo credit: Nathaniel Schwab, Children First For Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - Copies of the new Oregon Bill of Rights for Foster Children are being sent to every foster home and group home this week, and given to foster children and the people who work with them. Now, the same team of kids who developed it is making new recommendations to policymakers. They ...Read More

PHOTO: Randy Kurtz and Karen Mork, members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, help with registration at the Washington State Labor Council convention. Donations are also being collected for wildfire relief efforts in the area. Photo credit: Tim Welch

WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Washington State Labor Council's annual convention started Tuesday in an unexpected haze of smoke from the wildfires near Wenatchee. So, the group is collecting donations and handing out relief applications to anyone who has lost homes or possessions. Labor leaders are there ...Read More

PHOTO: A young veteran consults with Suffolk County United Veterans Social Worker Roberta Sharpe. Photo courtesy Suffolk County United Veterans.

NEW YORK CITY - Long Island ranks second in the nation for places veterans call 'home.' A recent grant is helping area veterans deal with stress, before it leads to losing a home or family. Michael Stoltz, executive director of Suffolk County United Veterans, said summer is the most difficult time ...Read More

DENVER - With news that construction of new Colorado mental health centers will move forward, mental health professionals in the state are hopeful that people soon will have greater access to behavioral health care. Four walk-in crisis centers will be constructed around the state. It's one step in ...Read More

PHOTO: June is PTSD Awareness Month. Experts say itís important to build a better understanding of PTSD so those who are experiencing it feel comfortable seeking the care they need. Photo credit: Scott Liddell/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's estimated that one in eight deployed military service members will exhibit signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a statistic that could impact thousands of Ohio families. Today is National PTSD Awareness Day, aimed at helping veterans and others re ...Read More

Photo: Help is now available for New Hampshire victims of domestic violence with local shelters offering Safe Haven for pets. Photo Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. - Domestic violence victims in the Granite State who may stay in abusive homes because of concerns about their pets' well-being if they leave now have a place to turn. People who commit domestic violence often also harm pets, and that can make victims of domestic violence feel trapped ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he will direct millions of dollars in new funding to the state's Department of Health and Human Services to address what some people are calling a mental health crisis. Photo courtesy Gov. Sandoval's office.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Gov. Brian Sandoval says he will direct $3.5 million in new funding to mental-health services to help reduce the need for hospital emergency rooms and jails to treat and house people with mental illness. Sandoval said he agrees with all the recommendations made by the Behavioral ...Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. – In what's normally a black and white discussion of ways to keep the state out of the red, the North Carolina House budget passed on Friday would increase lottery advertising dollars to pay teachers – and critics see it as taking a gamble with the state's money. Lawmaker ...Read More

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