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Home-Based Drug Treatment Program Costs Less And Works
NPR – 4.17.17
The article examines the benefits of home-based substance use treatment programs such as Aware Recovery Care, a program that treats addiction as a chronic illness and serves clients in their own homes by connecting them with nurses, primary care doctors, therapists, peer support, and case managers. Currently, the Aware program is only available in Connecticut and New Hampshire to private-pay clients and people insured through Anthem in both states. However, the program’s success has experts advocating for expansion of these types of treatment programs. Anthem highlights that 72% of Aware clients are either sober at the end of one year or continuing treatment. Dr. Stuart Gitlow, past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, suggests that the in-home model makes sense since “it’s all based on this concept that addiction is not about the substance use…but is about what led to the substance use in the first place. And you can’t really get there without getting to know the patient.”
A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science
The New York Times – 4.17.17
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 account for 28% of all arrests, a rate higher than that of any other age group. Convictions at this age can have serious consequences for young people. For instance, 84% of young adults released from prison will be rearrested within five years, and few with felony convictions will be able to secure a job. While researchers have known that the adolescent brain continues to rewire itself as it matures, recent research has found that this process extends well into early adulthood. George Gascon, San Francisco district attorney, incorporated this research into the development of the city’s Young Adult Court, an innovative program to hold young adults responsible for crimes they commit while also addressing underlying issues they may be experiencing. The court gives young people the chance to avoid detention and felony convictions by completing a year-long diversion program. The program includes weekly court sessions to check in with Judge Bruce E. Chan, therapy, and life-skills classes, while court administrators coordinate employment, housing and education support. As of February, 45% of participants in the court’s first cohort “graduated” with dropped or reduced charges.
Construction To Begin on Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Deterrent System
San Francisco Examiner – 4.13.17
In 2016, there were 39 deaths by suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. Many of those who died were under 34-years-old. In an effort to address this, the construction on the Golden Gate Bridge Deterrent System will begin in May, according to Golden Gate Bridge Chief Engineer Ewa Bauer. By 2021, the bridge will see stainless steel wire rope spanning 20 feet out on each side of the bridge and 20 feet below the sidewalk. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, spoke at the commemoration and told the crows that “people would say, ‘isn’t that a lot of money for a net?…No, that’s not a lot of money — for a life.” Advocate and survivor, Kevin Hines, has used his story to drive change in San Francisco and around the world. He has been a strong supporter of the net and reflects on his experience saying, “Sixteen years ago, I walked across that bridge with one thought in mind: That I was useless, that I had no value, that I was a burden to everyone who loved me.” Now, “I’m going to walk across that bridge, I’m going to say a prayer to all the people who died there, and I’m going to remember them,” he said. While the deterrent system is being constructed, district staff and police working on the bridge continue to intervene in crisis situations. In 2016, they successfully supported 184 individuals contemplating suicide.
Focal Point Summer 2017: Justice and Recovery
Pathways RTC – April 2017
Teen Girls’ Photos Raise Awareness of Health Disparities
Youth Today – 4.18.17
Mental Illness Is On The Rise But Access To Care Keeps Dwindling
The Huffington Post – 4.17.17
‘13 Reasons Why’ Depicts A Graphic Suicide. Experts Say There’s A Problem With That.
The Washington Post – 4.14.17
10 Years After The Virginia Tech Massacre, Virginia Still Falls Short on Mental Health Care
The Washington Post – 4.14.17
We Need to Talk About Frankie
New York Magazine – 4.11.17
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