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No Place Like Home Initiative Now Law
San Francisco Bay Times — 7.29.16
There are 28,200 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in California; this accounts for one third of the U.S.’s homeless population. In San Francisco, there are 7,539 individuals experiencing homelessness, 15% of whom identify as LGBTQ, according to the 2015 San Francisco Homeless Point in Time Survey. Governor Brown recently signed into law AB 1618, the “No Place Like Home” initiative, which aims to build permanent safe housing with services for people experiencing homelessness with mental illness. The measure will grant $2 billion to local communities with monies from Proposition 63, the 2004 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
ADHD Is Now Classified As a Specific Disability Under Federal Civil Rights Law
Los Angeles Times — 7.26.16
The number of children that have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — “a neurobiological condition characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity or inattentiveness” — has increased over the past ten years. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 11% of kids between the ages of 4 and 17 were diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. Over the last five years, the Education Department has received nearly 2,000 complaints from parents who suggest the school has failed to provide services that protect kids from bullying. In response to this growing rate of diagnoses and complaints from parents who claim their children have been denied needed services, the U.S. Department of Education has released guidelines to prevent schools from discriminating against children with ADHD. The guidelines say “schools must obey existing civil rights law to identify students with the disorder and provide them with accommodations to help them learn.”
The Global Community Is Failing To Address Mental Health
The Guardian — 7.25.16
In some developing countries, up to 90% of people don’t have access to basic mental healthcare. The unmet need is greatest among refugees. Researchers, Laila Soudi (Stanford University School of Medicine) and Vikram Patel (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), suggest a “low cost solution” to combat this wide reaching issue. They say the most important first step is to ensure “refugees are getting sufficient access to basics such as food. Actively working to normalise the appalling situations experienced by these populations…is a good strategy to promoting mental health.” Secondly, they call for more creative approaches to increasing access to care, such as “turning to community-based, non-professional providers to deliver psychosocial interventions
Understanding the Mental Health Needs and Concerns of Youth and their Parents: An Exploratory Investigation
Stanford Medicine — July 2016
Foster Youth are Traumatized Enough: Why Psych Meds Should be Better Regulated
The Chronicle of Social Change — 7.29.16
Health Care For California’s Undocumented Adults: Uncertainty Remains After U.S. Supreme Court Decision
California Healthline — 7.28.16
Teaching Future Doctors About Addiction
California Healthline — 7.28.16
4 Legit Excuses To Take A Mental Health Day
Self — 7.27.16
Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better
The New York Times — 7.25.16
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