Latest Welfare of the mentally ill News

Davenport library becomes Iowa's first to hire social worker

Jan. 17, 2022 13:48 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport Public Library has become the first in Iowa to add a social worker to its staff. The Davenport library hired Quinn O’Brian full-time in October, noting that some patrons sought information from librarians that reached well beyond what...

Beshear offers budget proposals to overcome nursing shortage

Jan. 12, 2022 19:03 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that his budget plan will include funding for increased scholarships and a loan forgiveness program to try to lure more Kentuckians into nursing. Beshear also proposed funding to shore up local health departments and expand...

Polis, Democrats outline top legislative priorities

Jan. 10, 2022 17:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's soaring cost of living and rising crime top a list of priorities outlined by Gov. Jared Polis and fellow Democratic leaders who control the statehouse for the 2022 legislative session that begins this week. After two legislative sessions largely devoted to...

Woman admits to role in Capitol riot days after crash arrest

Jan. 10, 2022 15:45 PM EST

SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who was photographed last year carrying a wooden name plate torn from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor for her role in the insurrection and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and substance abuse...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 09, 2022 14:13 PM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. January 5, 2022. Editorial: State of the State It was interesting to hear the range of pundits talking about Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address Wednesday. It was scattershot. In the news release issued by his...

Buckhead, mental health on agenda for Georgia Legislature

Jan. 08, 2022 08:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gun rights, school instruction and tax cuts are expected to be big issues during the 2022 Georgia legislative session that starts Monday. Republicans — who are in the majority at the state Capitol — have signaled they intend to push legislation on those topics ahead of...

Insurrection prompts year of change for US Capitol Police

Jan. 04, 2022 07:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after thousands of violent pro-Trump rioters overwhelmed police officers at the U.S. Capitol — severely injuring dozens in the process — the force dedicated to protecting the premier symbol of American democracy has transformed. The leaders who were in...

Editorial Roundup Georgia

Dec. 29, 2021 20:06 PM EST

Brunswick News. December 28, 2021. Editorial: Georgia legislators must address crisis A question pondered as far back as the first century by Plutarch and other Greek philosophers – “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” – is driving debate among state...

Federal government approves California's Medicaid overhaul

Dec. 29, 2021 17:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. government has approved California's overhaul of the nation's largest insurance program for low-income and disabled residents, officials said Wednesday, a decision that among other things allows Medicaid money to be spent on housing-related services as the most...

Attorneys praise judge's order to boost Alabama prison staff

Dec. 29, 2021 16:59 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for inmates praised a sweeping ruling issued Monday by a federal judge that will require Alabama's prison system to make changes in inmate mental health care. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a sometimes scathing 600-page opinion that...