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Arizona governor to increase access to treatment drugs for inmates
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Getting access to addiction treatment in jails is not easy for the inmates. To address this problem, Arizona Governor Doug Doucey recently issued an executive order to make drug Vivitrol, often used in addiction treatment, more widely available to inmates in jails and prisons in Arizona. In January 2017, the governor outlined several steps that […]


Gaps prevent veterans from accessing physical and mental health care services
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Three years ago, a whistleblower at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospital in Phoenix revealed massive problems at the site, including the deaths of at least 40 veterans who died while waiting for appointments and care. According to the Congressional Research Service, at least 6 million veterans use the health system. The revelations resulted in […]


Mendocino to stop responding to nonviolent crisis calls
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Since the closure of the Mendocino County’s Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in 1999, law enforcement and medical professionals have been carrying the burden of psychiatric crises in the county. A psychiatric or mental health crisis (called a “5150”) is when a person is at the risk of harming him or herself, or is considered a […]


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention meeting with Phoenix lawmakers
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Over the course of a day’s work at a full-time job, one person in Arizona dies by suicide – every single day. Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are set to meet with lawmakers in the state capitol Tuesday, January 24, 2017, to hearten support of prioritizing suicide prevention legislation this year. State […]


Initiatives bring help for intimate partner violence to the local hair salon
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A trembling voice asked a loved one to watch her kids because her partner had “some business to attend to” and she didn’t know how long it would take, thus, she pleaded if the children could spend the night if she didn’t return in good time. Women who are being abused at home are often […]


New Mexico debuts effort against drug overdoses
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  Although New Mexico’s rate of fatal drug overdoses dropped in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported the state still ranked eighth in the U.S. In response, State Attorney General Hector Balderas, law enforcement officials and district attorneys have created the Opioid Prevention and Education Network (OPEN), a new statewide […]


Mental health reform is underway in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
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Southern New Mexico’s director of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department in Dona Ana County, Jamie Michael, was selected as one of the people expected to make a significant impact on the community in 2017. She is referred to as one of the Movers and Shakers of 2017 by the Las Cruces Sun-News. Michael […]


How to improve mental health care for minorities
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Mental illness affects individuals of all genders, creeds, sexual orientations and races. Unfortunately, not all of these individuals receive the same level of care. Race is a strong predictor of who will — and who won’t — receive proper treatment for their mental illness, both for men and for women. According to the National Institute […]


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