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The struggle to treat kids at a juvenile justice facility

Dec 8, 2021
Conditions at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in Wisconsin were so bad that now, a federally appointed monitor oversees the facilities. As the number of kids there has declined, costs have gone up.
The Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in Wisconsin house kids who have been sentenced to live there by a judge.
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Schools seek ways to provide mental health services during pandemic

Aug 28, 2020
Some districts are trying hotlines, others are offering socially distanced in-person sessions.
Elementary schoolers attend their first week of school from home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 25.
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Black therapists say they are seeing an uptick in demand for their services

Jul 14, 2020
Many Black clients are seeking therapists they trust to deal with mental health trauma since the police killing of George Floyd.
A crisis volunteer in London logs on for her shift in June. In Minnesota, just over 2% of mental health professionals are Black.
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How COVID-19 is reshaping the response to domestic violence

Jun 15, 2020
As people stay home, those in abusive relationships can be stuck with their abusers with little possibility of leaving.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way domestic violence hotlines advise those calling in.
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Farmers grapple with stress and depression as they try to keep their operations afloat

Jun 11, 2020
One Minnesota program offers free mental health care through the state agriculture department.
A farmer looks over his field in Texas. COVID-19 is adding stress to already strained farmers.
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Substance use treatment goes virtual as people shelter from pandemic

May 12, 2020
Treatment usually involves in-person therapy and group meetings. Now, counselors are trying to adjust.
Treatment centers are pivoting to online counseling to provide services while minimizing risk.
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Will insurance companies cover mental health services' switch to telehealth?

Apr 10, 2020
Therapists and psychiatrists are just starting to submit their March bills.
Telehealth is becoming more popular because of stay-at-home orders.
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Correction officers shortage: a danger to inmates?

Aug 30, 2016
Florida's shortage means delayed showers, cancelled classes and increased violence.
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Florida struggles to keep corrections officers in state prisons

Aug 29, 2016
Hours for corrections officers are long, and pay is low.
The turnover rate among corrections officers in Florida was 22 percent last year. The department has said it plans to hire 4,000 officers in the coming year, to fill current vacancies and to prepare for future ones.
Alisa Roth

Florida has a shortage of corrections officers for state prisons

Aug 29, 2016
Turnover in the department last year was 22 percent.
Signs posted around the perimeter of the Dade and Homestead prisons in south Florida advertise immediate openings for correctional officers. The state, like most, has a severe shortage of officers, leaving officers and inmates at risk.
Alisa Roth