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Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t…
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Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids from School

Over the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in Tampa Bay more than 7,500 times and temporarily placed in mental health facilities. They often leave campus handcuffed in the back of police cruisers. Some are as…
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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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Orange Sheriff Candidates Discuss Mental Health, Excessive Force in Pine Hills

Mental health and excessive force were among the topics discussed by candidates for Orange County Sheriff in Pine Hills Thursday evening. Orlando Police Chief John Mina, retired Florida Highway Patrol Chief Joe Lopez and Orlando businessman…
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Florida Law Requiring Students to Inform School Districts on Mental Health History is Problematic - The Orlando Sentinel

Has student ever been referred to mental health services? This is quite possibly the most loaded question any parent has been forced to answer on a school registration form. It’s also the most loaded question school districts have been…
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Intersection: Exploring the Overlap Between Mental Health and Law Enforcement - WMFE

In this episode of Intersection, 90.7 News Director Catherine Welch, Ninth Circuit Public Defender Robert Wesley, and Treatment Advocacy Center Director Frankie Berger discuss how Florida approaches the intersection of mental illness and law…
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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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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.