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When a Prisoner Returns Home With a Brain Injury, Freedom Isn’t So Free

Chuck Coma tried to lie still in his hospital bed. But there was a spasm in his chest, like something inside was fighting to get out. "It says here you had an injury in 2016, and you've been jerking since then. Are there any triggers?" the…
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Diversion to What? Evidence-Based Mental Health Services that Prevent Needless Incarceration

Investing in community-based mental health services provides numerous benefits, including a reduction in law enforcement intervention and incarceration. These services also promote the integration of people with mental health disabilities into…
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When Going to Jail Means Giving Up The Meds That Saved Your Life

Before Geoffrey Pesce got on methadone, his addiction to heroin and oxycodone nearly destroyed him: He lost his home, his job, custody of his son—and his driver’s license. So even after he began to rebuild his life, Pesce relied on his parents…
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School District Bungled Parkland Suspect’s Request for Therapeutic Services: Report – FOX News

The suspect linked to a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., was denied the therapeutic services needed for disabled students, according to a report released Friday. In the year leading up to the Feb. 14 rampage that left 17 people dead at Marjory…
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FREE Event: Namigo Talks: Psychological Service Dogs

Learning Objectives Presentation participants will: Understand the history of Psychological Service Dogs, Inc. as a dual purpose non-profit organization. Know the important differences between psychological service dogs, emotional…
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Some Veterans Worry a PTSD Diagnosis Will Force Them to Choose: Treatment or Their Guns – The Huffington Post

Despite assurance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, some veterans worry that diagnosis and treatment of PTSD will result in the government seizing their firearms. Read more.
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Schools Could Have Done More for Shooter Nikolas Cruz, Experts Say – The Orlando Sentinel

Some special education experts have criticized Broward County Public Schools' failure to adequately treat Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people during a school shooting in Parkland. Read more.
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Florida OKs $4.5 Million Payout for Brutal Prison Shower Death of Darren Rainey – The Miami Herald

The State of Florida has approved a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate who was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. For two hours, Rainey was allegedly locked in…