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“Aging of the current workforce, low rates of reimbursement, burnout, burdensome documentation requirements and restrictive regulations around sharing clinical information necessary to coordinate care are some of the reasons for the shrinkage,” a study finds.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and it “does not discriminate,” advocates say.
Right now, only about a third of California children who report needing help for emotional or mental health problems receive counseling. The bills would seek to improve services to those in need.
The homelessness rate dipped slightly this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reports, though the same number of people are still living on the streets. News outlets cover how the the public health crisis is impacting other parts of the state, including how homelessness will impact the 2018 elections, San Diego’s outreach efforts, and safety issues in San Francisco.
Machines — programmed with experiences from at times millions of humans — are providing doctors new insights into identifying and treating disease and predicting health problems.
In other mental health care news: Orange County’s efforts to improve services; and families struggle to find care needed for loved ones.
In other news: Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ returns with a new emphasis on suicide prevention efforts, but critics call for the series to do more; and the ongoing national shortage of mental-health resources limits care options.
“We have to prioritize because we don’t have enough slots for folks,” said Mimi Bommersbach, a mental health counselor at Chico State. Advocates are pushing legislation that would require campuses to hire enough counselors to keep a one thousand students per counselor ratio.
Some names being tossed around for the VA spot now that Dr. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn are: Ascension President and CEO Anthony Tersigni, Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), and former Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.). Meanwhile, President Donald Trump defended his former nominee over the weekend.
Los Angeles Unified School District wellness centers favor therapy over punishment for struggling students.