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California’s Foster Children Are Improperly Prescribed Psychotropic Meds, State Auditor Finds

Aug 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California foster children are frequently prescribed psychotropic medications, but oftentimes dosages exceed state guidelines and the children don’t receive follow-up services.

And, too often, no one notices.

That’s the grim news from State Auditor Elaine Howle in a report released Tuesday.

“This issue is of particular importance to California, which has the...

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Looking out for our most vulnerable children

Aug 23, 2016

By Alex Johnson

A child’s health and chance to survive a serious medical condition should not be dependent on their family’s income. All children deserve access to high-quality health care services – particularly children who are medically fragile or have serious diseases.

That tenet is at the heart of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program –...

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Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

Aug 22, 2016
Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

A source from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division alerted the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office that the Central Coast had become a hub for commercial sexual exploitation of minors — a crime that had gone relatively undetected by local authorities. Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography

By Leah Bartos

Five years ago, when Lisa Conn became...

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Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Aug 22, 2016
Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Victims of violent crime are more likely to be low-income, under 30 and Latino or African American, according to a survey by Californians for Safety and Justice. Aswad Thomas, pictured above, was shot in the back twice in 2009. Photo courtesy of Aswad Thomas.

By Lily Dayton

Aswad Thomas made a quick stop at a...

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California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill

Aug 17, 2016
California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill

By Hannah Guzik

California advocates and legislators are now fighting to make sure that 30,000 medically fragile children can keep the health services that have, in many cases, helped them survive.

The post California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill appeared first on California Health Report.


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First Aid Training Helps Schools Spot Students with Mental Health Needs

Aug 16, 2016
First Aid Training Helps Schools Spot Students with Mental Health Needs

Photo: Thinkstock.

By Robin Urevich

Three-quarters of people with mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety or psychotic disorders experience their first symptoms before age 24. Half of them become mentally ill by age 14.

But these diseases often go undiagnosed and untreated until later in life, sometimes after they have wreaked havoc on school, work or...

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3 Million Californians Will Be Uninsured in 2017, Report Estimates

Aug 15, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Health reform has greatly expanded the number of Californians with insurance, but slightly more than 3 million residents will remain uninsured in 2017, according to a new report.

About 1.8 million people won’t qualify for state coverage because of their immigration status. They account for 59 percent of those who will remain...

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Nurse-managed centers bring health care to the people

Aug 15, 2016
Nurse-managed centers bring health care to the people

By Matt Perry

Tamara McKinnon knows that visiting a doctor’s office is a poor facsimile of real life.

“There are some things you just can’t see there,” says McKinnon, affirming the crazed detachment from reality provided by a 15-minute drive-by interaction.

McKinnon is part of a unique San Jose State University program that injects student nurses...

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Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions

Aug 11, 2016
Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions

By Hannah Guzik

The sun has just nosed above the horizon when Maria Espinosa (not her real name) ties a bandana over her face to protect herself from pesticides and dust, and reaches for a blackberry bush. Paid by the amount of berries she picks plus a $3-per-hour wage, Espinosa works feverishly for 10 hours,...

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Fresh Produce Prescription Programs Impact Diet-Related Disease

Aug 10, 2016
Fresh Produce Prescription Programs Impact Diet-Related Disease

By Lynn Graebner

As health care providers struggle to reduce the tsunami of diet-related disease washing over communities, a national movement is pairing hospitals and community clinics with local farmers markets through fresh produce prescription programs.

Participants in the programs are patients with health issues such as heart problems or diabetes who receive vouchers for...

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