Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Facing liability, Broward changes course on helping homeless in mental health court

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Brandishing research into federal law won Broward County Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren what she wants: a unified approach to sheltering homeless people who appear in her mental health court.
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Broward Outreach shelter yanks welcome mat for mental health court referrals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
When homeless people turn up in Broward County’s mental health court, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren does everything she can to keep them out of jail. One of the court’s few options was sending them to a Broward Outreach Center homeless shelter. But earlier this month, days after BOC told the judge it would no longer accept her referrals, she had visions of rootless, disturbed people being forced to grapple alone with a tough, lottery-like system to apply for a bed.
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Legislative coalition urges leaders to find money for mental health programs

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
A bipartisan coalition of House members and senators endorsed Gov. Rick Scott’s request to increase mental health funding by $25 million, but said even more money is needed to move Florida out of the basement in funding for treatment.
“At the end of the day, we’re 49th (in funding among the states), which means we’ve neglected this for far too long,” Sen. Rene Garcia said.
“This has to be a priority,” he said. “It’s costing us way too much money by not funding the system. It’s a matter of educating legislators, educating the leadership, and putting the pressure on to ensure

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Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio applaud NIH funding bill passage; Moffitt money preserved

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Florida’s Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson both applauded passage Wednesday by the U.S. Senate of a bill that heads off potential cuts in cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Senate approved H.R. 34, entitled the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a 94-5 vote Wednesday. It was approved by the House of Representatives earlier.
“This bill makes a lot of improvements to our nation’s medical research programs, but the most important thing it provides is hope – hope for patients affected by thousands of diseases, hope for people

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Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, I-4, Sanford Burnham, water quality, Pulse, on Central Florida lawmakers’ minds

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
As they prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Central Florida lawmakers are looking out for help for the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Osceola County, the demise of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona, and I-4 throughout the region.
Those are things almost everyone in Central Florida’s delegation is examining. The Democrats add, don’t forget about Pulse, and the economic fairness and mental health issues everyone spoke of during the election campaigns this year.
But it’s a session with new rules, especially in the House, perhaps limiting how lawmakers go about securing money for pet projects.
And

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In legislative session, Linda Stewart wants to focus on bills for the environment, mental health

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Linda Stewart is headed to the state Senate this week for District 13, and her agenda going forward is mostly focused on liberal issues like the environment – but she also wants to do something to curb gun violence, even if only by tackling the mental health aspect.
Talking to FloridaPolitics.com Sunday, Stewart said some of her first priorities in terms of passing bills would be to protect the environment by conserving quality water and stopping fracking.
“I don’t think an unelected body should be making decisions to increase carcinology allowed in our water supply,” she said, “as it happened over

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Beth Tuura, Mike Miller battle over guns, Medicaid, business incentives

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Republican state Rep. Mike Miller and his House District 47 Democratic challenger Beth Tuura punctuated an otherwise friendly debate with some sharp jabs over guns, Medicaid expansion, and business incentives Monday in Orlando.
At a debate hosted by the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, Miller began on the hot seat, with a question about whether he broke a campaign promise when he said during his 2014 campaign that he would support the $51 billion Medicaid expansion, and then he didn’t do so. He argued Tuesday he did not break any promises. He said during the campaign he also expressed that he

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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Our country’s shameful legacy of poverty

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Poverty’s narrow definition relates to income and consumption but a much broader meaning is necessary to understand America’s poor. Federal guidelines qualify individuals and families by addressing income, but don’t provide an accurate depiction of needy families and their living conditions.
The better understanding of the poor must look beyond income and at the larger community: the quality of education, water, electricity, pollution, sewage systems, and residential living conditions. Do after school activities exist for children? Are there parks, community centers, local libraries, street gangs, drug abuse, and violence both domestic and crime-related? Poor neighborhoods are at greater risk for

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Melissa Ross: I can’t remember his name …

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Honestly, the main thing I can remember was the color of the news car. It was burgundy, inside and out. Merlot. When we heard the shots, we jumped inside and sped off. I threw my purse onto the floor and it stood out against the winy carpet. Then it pressed onto the simple two-way radios news cars used to have. That meant other crews in the field probably heard our conversation.
“Did you hear that?”
“Jesus, what was that?”
“Are you OK?”
It was 1988 (I think). WHIO-TV, Dayton, Ohio. Saturday night, maybe 10 o’clock. Some live shot we were setting up  to

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