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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Mental Illness Awareness Week in West Virginia Focuses on Treatment

October 10, 2008

Charleston, WV - A mental health issue is just like any other health issue. During "Mental Illness Awareness Week" in West Virginia, there'll be a renewed effort to erase the stigma surrounding mental health problems and help people get the treatment they need.

Attorney Jodie Gardill says Legal Aid of West Virginia has two programs to help families dealing with mental disorders. Although such a diagnosis can be intimidating, she adds, most people resume a normal life with treatment.

"The main goal of our program is about independence. We want them to be able to get community services, so that they don't have to be hospitalized and can live independently."

Gardill says her years serving in the legal system with public defenders proved to her that getting mental health treatment saves taxpayers money, by keeping people out of prison.

"I saw so many clients with mental health issues. I felt like, if I could have gotten to them before - if they had just received the treatments and services they needed - they wouldn't be in the criminal justice system."

President Bush is expected to sign new legislation into law that requiresg insurance companies to cover mental health treatment as they would any other medical treatment. Some insurers argued against the law, claiming it would raise prices for all insurance customers.

More information on National Depression Screening Day, is available online at

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WV