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News Items – January 11, 2017

Jack Register is a member:
Jack Register: Expanding Medicaid would aid mental health
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
We at the National Alliance on Mental Illness – North Carolina Chapter are the nation’s largest grassroots organization representing those affected by mental illness and their families. We were quite pleased to hear the statements from Gov. Roy Cooper regarding Medicaid expansion. The ability to access mental health services is vital for those directly affected and their families. One in 5 people will experience a mental health condition in a given year and 1 in 25 will experience a serious, life-altering mental health condition in a given year.

No, California Democrats didn’t ‘legalize’ child prostitution
The Sacramento Bee
Under statutory rape laws, minors are not legally permitted to consent to sex – for money or not – and Mitchell’s law does not change that. Mitchell and supporters argue that sex workers should be viewed as victims rather than criminals. Her bill was supported by the Alameda County district attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of California, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Social Workers.

State expands services for problem gamblers
Niagara Gazette
Some 500 private practitioners licensed in other fields – social services, mental health, or psychoanalysis and family therapy – have been trained over the last year to identify and treat gambling addiction, according to the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). [Susan] Craig said it is common for gambling addicts to seek help among these service providers, though they are not always equipped to deal with the illness. “We are working with the National Association of Social Workers and other state agencies to train that workforce so they can also better treat folks with problem gambling addiction, she said.

Larry Gevirtz is a member:
State legislators want to expand mental health crisis services statewide
Press of Atlantic City
Larry Gevirtz, licensed clinical social worker and vice president of Acute Care Services at Oaks Integrated Care, based in Cherry Hill, helps oversee and manage EISS programs in Camden and Cumberland counties. Gevirtz said the programs have helped people who may not be in a full psychotic breakdown and an imminent danger to themselves or others, but certainly have “one foot over the line” and need immediate care.

Libby Stern is a member:
[Video] Make good on your resolution to quit smoking
WZZM (Grand Rapids, MI)
Spectrum Health has offered smoking cessation classes since 2000. In 2008, Libby Stern, licensed social worker and community health educator Spectrum Health Healthier Communities received her Tobacco Treatment Specialist certification from the Mayo Clinic and developed the “Quit 101” class for patients and community members.

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