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Using What Works: A Review of Evidence Based Treatments for Military Populations

This webinar is part six of a six-part specialty training series Addiction Treatment in Military & Veteran Culture. When addressing the clinical concerns of service members, veterans, and their families, it is necessary for providers to…
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UCF Medical Students Give Free Hepatitis A Shots, Medical Care to Orlando’s Homeless

For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables…
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County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ballgame at Wavering Park, in Quincy, Ill. "He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people," says Jones'…
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A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD – National Institute of Mental Health

First-line treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often require many treatment sessions and delivery by extensively trained therapists. Now, research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has shown that a…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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Mentally Ill Inmates Suffering Needlessly in Broward Jails, Report Says – The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward County inmates with serious mental illnesses are suffering needlessly, sometimes without treatment, in inhumane conditions, a report released Thursday said. Deficient staffing, cursory assessments and prolonged stays in solitary confinement…
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Miami Center to Treat Mentally Ill Crime Suspects – The Crime Report

Miami soon will open the nation’s first “forensic diversion” center for mentally ill people who otherwise would be destined for the criminal justice system, says Judge Steven Leifman, who has long advocated for defendants with mental problems.…
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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished for Their Symptoms – NPR

By some accounts, nearly half of America's incarcerated population is mentally ill — and journalist Alisa Roth argues that most aren't getting the treatment they need. Read more.
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New Virginia Law Mandates Mental Health Education in Public Schools – NPR

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Creigh Deeds (D- Va.), one of the sponsors of the new state law requiring mental health education in schools. Read more.
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NAMI and Partners Release New Report on Inadequate Health Plans – National Alliance of Mental Illness

People with mental illness shouldn’t have to worry about sky-high insurance premiums or being denied health care coverage because of a pre-existing mental health condition. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) currently requires health…