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Public News Service - OH: Mental Health

Nearly 725,000 previously uninsured Ohioans were able to access health care under Medicaid expansion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Gov. John Kasich recently protected Medicaid by vetoing a proposed freeze of the expansion, the future of the program still faces uncertainty at the federal level. Republicans in the Senate unveiled a revised version of their health care plan last week. It would cut the pr

Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in federal Medicaid funding to pay for health services such as speech therapy. (Lynne Featherstone/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – House Republicans this week may release a revised version of their health-care plan, which could jeopardize funding for school health services in Ohio. According to a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in feder

Experts say children of opioid-addicted parents often are traumatized because of extreme neglect. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has still not escaped the clutches of the opioid epidemic and some groups say its youngest victims often are forgotten. According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), nearly half of children taken into the care of social service agencies in 2015

About one in five teens suffers from a mental health condition. (anitapeppers/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio schools educate students about the dangers of substance use, but some districts are going beyond typical prevention services by bringing mental health providers on board. In the Dublin School System, clinicians with Syntero counseling are working in each building one-on

Some groups argue the weekend shooting death of a Cincinnati homeless man was avoidable. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI - While prosecutors say a deadly police shooting in Ohio was justified, some community groups argue the tragedy was avoidable. After robbing a Cincinnati grocery store on Sunday morning and threatening a security guard with a knife, officials say 25-year-old Jawari Porter lunged at Office

Experts say nearly 50 genes have been linked to autism, and researchers hope to pinpoint more with the results of a new study. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI – Just as Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, an Ohio hospital is helping to launch one of the biggest autism studies in U.S. history. The project is known as SPARK, and over the next three years, it will collect information and DNA from about 50,000 people with autism and th

Advocates say community-based supports help people with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives close to home. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Ohio and several agencies of failing some individuals with disabilities. The plaintiffs, including Disability Rights Ohio, argue that the way the state pays for services and treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disab

The amount of financial compensation child sexual abuse victims can receive is at the heart of a case the Ohio Supreme Court is expected to rule on soon. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio Supreme Court decision is expected soon that could impact the amount of financial compensation child sexual abuse victims can receive. Jessica Simpkins was raped at the age of 15 by her church pastor – a man hired by Grace Brethren Church in Sunbury despite the

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