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    PNS Daily News - August 4, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; reaction to the Obama administration’s clean energy plan; a church pastor in New Mexico pledges Sunday’s bombings won’t stop his church’s mission; and a controversy brewing over guns in parks in Tennessee.

Mental Health

PHOTO: Many low-income New Yorkers who experience severe psychological stress say they have been unable to get mental-health treatment. A new $30 million training program will help more people in those communities offer help. Photo credit: geralt/

NEW YORK - Identifying and healing people with mental-health issues in low-income areas is the focus of a new program being launched in New York City. Called "Connections to Care," the program will train workers - such as teachers and job-placement counselors - to recognize symptoms of depression, a ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan's new Justice Policy Commission is getting to work reviewing sentencing and release policies, and representatives from the mental-health community are among those bringing their expertise to  the table. Photo credit: Meesh/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. - A new commission is investigating criminal justice reform in Michigan, and mental-health workers are among those weighing in on ways to revamp policies that keep nonviolent offenders unnecessarily locked up. Clinical social worker Jennifer Strange, among those on the Criminal Justi ...Read More

PHOTO: Veterans with Alzheimer's disease and those needing skilled nursing services will be treated at a new facility being built at the New Mexico State Veteran's Home in Truth or Consequences. Photo courtesy of the New Mexico Department of Health.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – A multi-million-dollar facility being built at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences will treat veterans from across the state living with Alzheimer's disease. Lori Montgomery, administrator at the veterans' home, says construction is abou ...Read More

PHOTO: North Carolina is pulling all branches of government together to find solutions to handling the state's population with mental illness and addiction issues. Photo credit: Penywise/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mental health advocates are calling the Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force announced by Governor Pat McCrory "unprecedented." The Task Force aims to bring together all three branches of government to work together on issues related to mental health and addiction. Jack ...Read More

PHOTO: Addiction experts say curbing Michigan's heroin epidemic will require multi-systemic solutions, including helping those in recovery become integrated into their community. Photo credit: Partha S. Sahana/Flickr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To combat Michigan's heroin epidemic, Governor Rick Snyder established the state's Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse Task Force earlier this month. Robert Lathers, CEO of Ionia County Community Mental Health, is a member of the task force, and says individuals suffering ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP's Public Policy Institute estimates the national value of unpaid family care for loved ones rivals the $469 billion annual sales of the four major tech companies combined. Photo credit: Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

SEATTLE - Nearly 20 percent of people over age 25 juggle jobs while they provide care for a family member who is older or has a disability. AARP's new report on family caregiving outlines caregivers' health and career challenges. It says more than half of caregivers surveyed feel "overwhelmed" by ...Read More

PHOTO: About 459,000 Oregonians are unpaid family caregivers for loved ones. Nationally, AARP estimates the value of this care rivals Wal-Mart's annual sales. Photo credit: Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

SALEM, Ore. – AARP has just updated its research on family caregiving, and what it shows is no surprise – one in five people over the age of 25 juggles a job and family in order to care for older loved ones. The new Valuing the Invaluable report recommends strategies for workplace flexi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from AARP finds about 1.4 million family caregivers in Ohio provided nearly one million hours of unpaid care to their parents, spouses, partners and other adult loved ones in 2013. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 1.4 million Ohioans spend their days – and nights – responding to the needs of an older loved one. A new report from AARP's Public Policy Institute highlights the struggles these family caregivers face. Beth Hargreaves of Youngstown cares for her aging m ...Read More

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