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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - PA: Mental Health

Permanent connections with caring adults are important for adolescent development. (Sammie/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA — The child welfare system needs to do more to meet the developmental needs of adolescents, according to a recent study. A report from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative said scientific findings show brain development continues past the age of 20. It also said young pe

Children should be screened for developmental delays at nine months, 18 months, and 24 to 30 months of age. (Kasman/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Half of Pennsylvania's children in publicly funded health care are not getting simple screenings to detect developmental delays. Early detection and treatment can be critical to helping children with delayed physical, social, intellectual or emotional development keep up wi

The use of solitary confinement on youth can cause trauma, mental distress, and increase risk of suicide and self-harm. (@RichardRoss, juvenile-in-justice.com)

PHILADELPHIA – A time out, protective custody and segregation are all terms used to describe solitary confinement – a practice experienced by hundreds of youth in juvenile detention facilities in the U.S. And solitary confinement is coming into the spotlight as the Democratic National

Pennsylvania is one of 19 states that terminates Medicaid coverage for people who are incarcerated. (George Hodan/publicdomainpictures.net)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - In Pennsylvania, the end of a jail sentence often means the end of health care too, but a change in the state's Human Services Code could fix that. Right now, Medicaid is terminated when people are incarcerated and the state or county pays for their medical care. When they're rele

Some defendants have waited more than a year in jail for court ordered treatment. (Jumilla/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges. The agreement, approved Wednesday, settles a federal class action lawsuit filed last October on behalf of hundreds of criminal defenda

One-point-six million Pennsylvanians serve as unpaid family caregivers. (Jonathan Banks/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Advocates are asking the State Senate to pass a bill that would give those caring for family members at home some needed help, at no expense to the state. The CARE Act passed in the House last June, but so far the bill hasn't come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Bill Johnsto

Anti-psychotic medications can have very serious side effects. Credit: Fuse809/Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH – A report by the investigative news organization PublicSource found that young people held in Pennsylvania’s juvenile correctional system may be given powerful psychiatric drugs at rates far higher than other youth. On average only 1 or 2 percent of young people are prescri

Without a state budget, nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels for Pennsylvania seniors are running out of money. Credit: U.S. Aair Force.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The four-month budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors particularly hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. Ray Landis, director of advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania, says vital care for seniors i

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