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Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Alia Lane 2015/03/30

According to the National Center for Children in Povery (NCCP), “One in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.” There are no two children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or any disorder that affects them the same. So, how… Continue Reading »

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Social Workers Act to Revitalize and Strengthen Resources in South Africa

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/03/26

More than 1200 South African social workers packed the auditorium at the Durban International Convention Centre Tuesday, March 24th for South Africa’s first Social Work Indaba. The event, sponsored by the Department of Social Development (DSD) which is somewhat akin to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), brings together DSD ministers and… Continue Reading »

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Foster Care Youth Trapped in the School to Prison Pipeline

Veola Green 2015/03/26

Foster care alumni abandoned by the educational system often become the inmates at youth detention centers and adult prisons across the country. They are the experts on what needs to change in order to create more equitable outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable populations. These orphaned inmates are the ones who could drive the creation of… Continue Reading »

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The Persistent Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

Margaret Farenger 2015/03/26

“Stigma is a five dollar word for a two dollar concept. It’s prejudice.” Stigma, a set of negative stereotypes tied to behavioral health conditions, is not a new problem. Results of a recent survey suggest that views may be changing when it comes to mental illness. Advocacy efforts are getting results, and the public is beginning to recognize that… Continue Reading »

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Barriers to Treating PTSD in Prisons and Immigration Detention

Shreya Mandal 2015/03/20

During the past ten years, I traveled to over 100 jails and prisons in the entire east coast of the United States, giving me the to opportunity to observe the dire lack of appropriate medical and mental health care in our prison system. The most immediate and urgent need is to screen routinely for Post… Continue Reading »

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