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Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Criminal Justice Involvement and Victimization Among Homeless Adults With Mental Illness - Psychiatry Online

A study released this year as found that adverse child experiences (ACEs) are highly prevalent among people who are homeless. The study examined how ACEs affect an individual's risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as victimization…
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Intersection: Mental Health Funding - WMFE

This year, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the opioid crisis a state of emergency. In this segment of Intersection, Aspire Health Partners Todd Dixon, State Representative Jason Brodeur, and Manager for the Orange County Mental Health…
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Strong Friendships in Adolescence May Benefit Mental Health in the Long Run - Medical News Today

A new study has found that strong friendships in adolescence have a positive long-term impact on mental health as an adult. Adolescents with close friendships tend to adapt better to stress, report more happiness due to an increased feeling…
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Florida's Baker Act — A Revolving Door? - The Orlando Sentinel

Following the deaths of two Kissimmee Police Officers, some have raised questions about the effectiveness of Florida Baker Act. Everett Glenn Miller, who is accused of the murders, had been taken into custody under the Baker Act just a month…
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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Veterans in crisis - Confidential Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, #1. Veterans Crisis Line provides 24/7 confidential chat online assistance. Text 838255 for 24/7 confidential assistance. If you…
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MDMA, Born as Club Drug Ecstasy, is ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ for PTSD - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated MDMA as a breakthrough therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more.
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The Intersect Between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Paraphilias: Ramifications in the Criminal Justice System - Dr. Kim Spence and Dr. Eric Imhof

  In this training, Dr. Eric Imhof, Psy.D., and Dr. Kim Spence, Ph.D., go into depth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Paraphilia. Beginning with an overview of ASD, the presenters will elucidate clinical differences in clients with…
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Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Clients - August 30

On August 30th, the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CFACDL) will be hosting Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Clients with guest speaker Dr. Kim Spence, the Coordinator of Educational and Training Programs…
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Eating Disorders Linked to History of Theft - Reuters

Women with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are up to four times more likely to be convicted of theft than people without eating disorders. Read more.
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Fentanyl: What to Do When a Field Test Can Kill

The Orange County Bar Association is hosting "Fentanyl: What to Do When a Field Test Can Kill" for 1 CLE credit hour, including 1 CLE for substance abuse. For more information, please see the event flyer.
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How Mental-Health Training for Police Can Save Lives—and Taxpayer Dollars - The Atlantic

This article from The Atlantic discusses how mental health training for law enforcement has saved not only lives, but also taxpayer money. In particular, the author describes the mental health reform enacted in Miami-Dade County and the City…
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From Alaska to Florida, States Respond to Opioid Crisis with Emergency Declarations - NPR

In response to the nationwide opioid crisis, state governments have issued emergency declarations. One result of these declarations has been the creation of databases allowing experts to better address the issue. Read more.
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A Mental-Health Facility 13 Years in the Making is One Vote Away from Becoming Reality - The Miami Herald

On September 7, the Miami-Dade County Commission votes on a proposal to approve renovations to the former South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center. If approved, the center will be transformed into a mental health diversion facility.…
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Inside the First Court Designed to Keep Opioid Addicts Alive - VICE News

The Buffalo City Court has established the country's first opioid intervention court, which places eligible defendants into addiction treatment programs and places their drug charges on hold for a minimum of 30 days. Read more.
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Patient-Derived Support Cells Stunt Mouse Brain Development - National Institute of Mental Health

A newly released study suggests that some cases of schizophrenia may be caused by "an illness process rooted in wayward support cells instead of the neurons they sustain." The brains of mice were grafted with glial cells generated from patients…